Obesity is literally a growing problem and one that is trickling down to our nation’s children. Perhaps it is due to our sedentary lifestyle that requires us to sit in traffic, sit at our desks, sit in the drive through line, etc.
According to the CDC, “Obesity is common, serious and costly. In 2009-2010, more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) were obese.”
According to Heart.org, 2013 obesity statistics show that “Among Americans age 20 and older, 154.7 million are overweight or obese with 79.9 million of them men and 74.8 million of them women.” A new study in the Journal of Obesity looks at the effect obesity has on our nation’s women and their activity level or their lack of activity level.
While it is a no-brainer that those who are obese tend to be less active, this study as recently reported on U.S. News and World Report, specifically looked at the cycle of obesity and lack of activity.
“It appears that physical inactivity and obesity may be involved in a feedback loop, in which lower levels of activity lead to weight gain, which then leads to lower levels of activity."
Investigators claim that this is the first study specifically looking at how obesity has a “negative impact on an individual's activity habits.”
According to the CDC, “Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.”
One of the study team investigators acknowledged to USNews.com that "... physical inactivity is also independently associated with many of the same chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, we don't often think about factors that influence activity levels."
The study looked at more than 250 middle-aged women who were monitored with accelerometers to record their activity levels for a week. They were then asked to wear the accelerometers 20 months later for another week.
Their body compositions were noted at the beginning of the study and at the study’s conclusion.