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Leisure-Time Physical Activity and Obesity in Black Adults in Indianapolis

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Objective : To examine the relationship between the total volume of leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) and obesity among African American adults in Indianapolis.

Methods : Logistic regression analysis with 649 African American adults.

Results : The data show an inverse graded relationship between the total volume of LTPA and obesity for African American women, but not for men.

Conclusions : African American women who accumulate a high volume of LTPA (ie, 300 minutes or more per week) are less likely to be obese. Further research is needed to investigate the gender difference in the effect of LTPA on obesity.
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Keywords: African American adults; leisure-time physical activity; obesity

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1 Senior Research Support Specialist, Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior, Univeristy of Albany, Reasselaer, NY.

Publication date: 2010-07-01

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