An Obesity And A Little Exercise – Part 2 of 3
The study is a reminder that being both fit and lean are good for health. “These are not really disparate challenges, since the true activity that leads to fitness is also a way of avoiding fatness”. For the study, Ekelund and his colleagues collected data from 334000 men and women. Over an average of 12 years of follow-up, they predetermined height, weight, waist circumference and self-reported levels of physical activity.
Ekelund’s group found that a moderate amount of physical activity, compared with no activity, was the key to lowering the chances of unready death. The researchers estimated that exercise that burns between 90 and 110 calories a day could reduce the risk of an early death by between 16 percent and 30 percent. The clout of moderate exercise was greatest among normal weight people, but even overweight and obese people saw a benefit.