How are Americans exercising more but obesity rates are still rising?
|July 15, 2013||Posted by The Fit Scoop under News and Research|
A recent study published in Population Health Metrics found that even though physical activity levels rose from 2001 to 2009, so did the country’s obesity rates.
How is this possible? One explanation is that even though physical activity levels have increased, they have not increased enough to offset the average American’s diet. Performing just the recommended levels of physical activity is generally not enough to reduce weight. In order to achieve weight loss, Americans need to either exercise more or combine exercise with reduced caloric intake. Since exercising more is not always a realistic option due to time and enjoyment constraints, the better solution for most people is to control weight through a combination of exercise and proper diet. The study highlights the need for strategies that help people reduce caloric intake. Such strategies will likely require community changes (like eliminating food deserts and making fresh produce more affordable) as well as individual behavioral changes.