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Association of Body Mass Index to Meeting Physical Activity Recommendations

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Objective: To investigate the association between BMI and physical activity based on the CDC-ACSM recommendation and a more demanding standard consistent with the IOM recommendation. Methods: A random-digit-dialed survey (n=1810) used 2001 BRFSS questions to measure physical activity. Results: Data revealed a monotonic association between BMI and physical activity level. Lower odds of meeting both recommendations were associated with higher BMI. The proportion meeting the CDCACSM recommendation was at least 3 times that of persons meeting the IOM-based recommendation. Conclusions: Meeting either recommendation was associated with BMI; however, a larger proportion of persons were meeting the less demanding CDC-ACSM recommendation.

Keywords: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance; body mass index; physical activity

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Prevention Research Center, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 2: Department of Exercise and Nutritional Science, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 3: Sumter County Active Lifestyles, Wateree Health District, Sumter, SC

Publication date: November 1, 2004

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