A new study suggests that inactivity is now responsible for as many fatalities as smoking. According to the report published in the Lancet lack of exercise is killing approximately 5.3 million deaths a year and nearly 1/3 of adults are not getting an adequate amount of activity. The researchers feel that these numbers are significant enough for the issue to be treated as a pandemic and encourage change in the way the issue of activity is addressed by health care professionals. Not only do the advantages of being physically active need to be promoted but the serious health repercussions of inactivity as well. Researchers also suggested that governments should try to find ways to make exercise safer, more affordable and more convenient. The study also discovered that there was a correlation between income and activity. Those living in countries with higher incomes are less active than in lower income countries.