Differences in Amounts and Types of Physical Activity by Obesity Status in US Adults
Abstract:Objectives: To describe the physical activity patterns across levels of obesity among US adults. Methods: The frequency, intensity, and duration of physical activities were compared across obesity status in 7695 adults from NHANES, 1999-2006. Results: Significantly more normal-weight adults engaged in moderate- and vigorous- intensity activities and for a longer duration than did their overweight or obese counterparts. Lower intensity, longer duration walking contributed to nearly half of all moderate activity among obese subjects. Conclusions: Significant differences exist in intensity, frequency, and duration of physical activity by weight status. This information suggests a targeted approach to current physical activity interventions be explored.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor, Health Sciences and Medical Dietetics, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 2: Doctoral Candidate, Health Sciences and Medical Dietetics, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 3: Associate Professor, Health Sciences and Medical Dietetics, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH;, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: 2012-01-01
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