A report released by the University of Washington provided both good and bad news concerning the state of health among people in the United States. The good news is that Americans are exercising more than ever before. At the same time, the report demonstrated that the cases of obesity continue to grow at a record pace.
Analyzing data gathered over a nine year period and from two surveys, researchers concluded that exercise alone is not enough to prevent obesity. The findings also lead researchers to conclude that the obesity epidemic in America is directly related to the amount and type of food people are eating.
The report, released in Population Health Metrics, found that people meeting the recommended guidelines for physical activity increased 15% from 2001 to 2009. The complete report, titled Prevalence of Physical Activity and Obesity in US Counties, 2001–2011: a Road Map for Action is available at http://www.pophealthmetrics.com/content/11/1/7/abstract
Americans Must Maintain Healthier Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight requires a combination of health diet and physical activity. According to Samantha Heller, a senior clinical nutritionist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, “cardiovascular and resistance exercise keeps bones and muscles strong, boosts brain power, amps up energy levels, turns back the clock on physiological aging [and] reduces the risk of chronic diseases. Physical activity also helps manage depression and anxiety, improve glucose control, reduce diabetes, prevent heart disease, manage weight and improve longevity.”
This report lends more validity to the thought that the obesity epidemic is fueled by easy access to processed foods that are low in cost, produced with GMOs and high in saturated fat, sodium and sugar. While Americans should continue to exercise, even increasing their current rates, they must also pay close attention to the foods included in their diet.
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