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Saúde e Sociedade

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FERREIRA, Marcos Santos; CASTIEL, Luis David  e  CARDOSO, Maria Helena Cabral de Almeida. The pathologization of sedentariness. Saude soc. [online]. 2012, vol.21, n.4, pp.836-847. ISSN 0104-1290.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S0104-12902012000400004.

The identification of physical inactivity as a risk factor for chronic degenerative diseases has significantly influenced public health recommendations in support of physically active lifestyles. This study analyzes the pathologization of sedentariness and its implications in the public health field. First we discuss how the biomedical model serves as a basis to transform aspects of human behavior into 'risk factors' and subsequently into pathologies such as the 'Sedentary Death Syndrome', as some authors classify it. Second, we analyze how this view is being spread in the health field; our analysis is based on an institutional program which transforms sedentariness into illness while presents physical activity as a medicine whose results can reach all aspects of life. According to this rationale, in which the discomforts of our civilization are medicalized and made into commodities as they are transformed into risks and pathologies, physical activity becomes a vaccine to be applied to the social body.

Palavras-chave : Sedentary Lifestyle; Risk; Motor Activity; Exercise; Health Policy.

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