Women need to exercise more to prevent obesity

by Medindia Content Team on  April 8, 2002 at 3:25 PM General Health News
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Women need to exercise more to prevent obesity
Researchers think that women should more than double their daily exercise time in order to control their weight. Presently, we are advised to aim for 35 minutes a day of moderate exercise for health and weight control. But scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham now warn that this may not be enough.

They have studied a group of women who reported a tendency to gain weight. Physical inactivity alone accounted for 60 per cent of the weight gain - with food intake becoming a minor factor. But the researchers think that the current guidelines need to be increased. They suggest that 80 minutes a day might be needed, rather than 35, to make a real impact on obesity problems.

Certainly the sedentary lifestyle of the United States plays a big part in the growing national problem of obesity. Rather than thinking of calorie cutting, it may be better to consider how to squeeze more physical activity into your day.


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