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Res Sports Med. 2018 Apr-Jun;26(2):147-157. doi: 10.1080/15438627.2018.1431531. Epub 2018 Jan 28.

Mode of physical activity participation by body mass index: 2015 behavioural risk factor surveillance system.

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a Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences , University of North Florida, Brooks College of Health , Jacksonville , FL , USA.


Body mass index (BMI) continues to be used as a marker of health due its strong correlation with adiposity and health. Physical activity (PA) has been shown to be favourably associated with a desirable BMI. Few studies have examined mode of PA participation across BMI indices with a mutually exclusive underweight BMI range. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between modes of PA and BMI. Data from the 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System was analysed. Underweight, overweight, and obese BMI categories possessed 35, 20, and 46% lower odds of meeting current PA guidelines. The obese BMI group was found to have lower odds of meeting the aerobic only and strength only guidelines. Underweight, overweight, and obese groups possessed 63, 18, and 76% greater odds of meeting neither PA guideline, respectively.


BRFSS; Exercise; adiposity; leanness; physical activity recommendation

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