Which do you think is worse – obesity or not exercising?

Posted 05/12/2015 | By HealthCorps

It’s obvious that both are problematic. Most people know that obesity is linked to a host of health problems and health risks. Recent research suggests that being inactive may be even worse for you than carrying significant extra pounds. Recent statistics show that only 1 in 10 adults in the United States and the United Kingdom meet exercise goals necessary for health.

This new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (doi: 10.3945/ajcn.114.100056) involved 334,101 participants enrolled in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition Study.  Each person’s weight, height and waist circumference was measured.  The subjects then reported their physical activity levels. The researchers then correlated those activity patterns to “risk of disease or dying” after the study was over.

Patients with a high BMI had a 20-30% lower risk of dying if they exercised.

Quick tips:

  • Wearing a pedometer can inspire you to take more steps.
  • New apps on your tech devices can help you to journal your exercise efforts.
  • Having an exercise buddy can help you to commit to a regular exercise program.
  • Consider forms of exercise that are fun like dancing, skating, bicycling, taking a group class, and outdoor hiking. The more you like it the more likely you will do it!

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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