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Health Benefits of Exercise Report: Physical Inactivity, Not Diet, May Be Most Responsible For Obesity Epidemic

Diet and exercise have long been recognized as major contributors to the obesity epidemic, but a new study published in the American Journal of Medicine suggests physical inactivity may play a larger role than once thought. During the study, researchers looked at data collected by the United States government over the last 20 years to assess changes in eating and activity habits.

The study found that, while average calorie intake did not increase from 1994 to 2014, the numbers of people reporting no physical activity rose 33% among women and 32% among men. "If we as a country truly want to take control of our health and our health care costs, [this study] should be our clarion call. From encouraging communities to provide safe places for physical activity to ensuring ample supply of healthy food to empowering Americans to take control of their health, we must launch a concerted comprehensive effort to control obesity," said Pamela Powers, managing editor of the journal.

Read the full write up on WebMD.

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Reader Comments (1)

This is so true. I started the Mayo Clinic diet 6 weeks ago and it emphasizes movement—not necessarily exercise, but moving more—get up off the couch and do stuff. I have found the combination of movement and eating right (fruits, vegetables, lean meats etc) to be very effective for me.
July 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDawn Marcotte

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