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Differences in amounts and types of physical activity by obesity status in US adults.

Spees CK, et al. Am J Health Behav. 2012.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To describe the physical activity patterns across levels of obesity among US adults.

METHODS: The frequency, intensity, and duration of physical activities were compared across obesity status in 7695 adults from NHANES, 1999-2006.

RESULTS: Significantly more normal-weight adults engaged in moderate- and vigorous- intensity activities and for a longer duration than did their overweight or obese counterparts. Lower intensity, longer duration walking contributed to nearly half of all moderate activity among obese subjects.

CONCLUSIONS: Significant differences exist in intensity, frequency, and duration of physical activity by weight status. This information suggests a targeted approach to current physical activity interventions be explored.

PMID

22251783 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

PMCID

PMC3888549

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