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New study examines obesity and inactive lifestyle

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As the obesity level of Americans continues to be a major national concern, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that people are too sedentary, and the numbers are truly startling.

According to the CDC, one in three Americans in the United States are considered obese, and obesity comes with a host of problems including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers.

Being active and getting vigorous exercise is a key component in controlling ones weight, but a new study shows that many Americans are doing quite the opposite.

The study revealed that obese women get just one hour of vigorous exercise a year, while obese men no more than four hours.

Researchers examined results from a 2005-2006 survey of approximately 2,600 adults ages 20-74. Weight, diet and sleep patterns were tracked, and movements were recorded by accelerometer devices.

“They’re living their lives from one chair to another,” said Edward Archer, a research fellow with the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Research shows that just 30 minutes of exercise five days a week will help control one’s weight.

As studies like these keep emerging, many initiatives continue to be launched to help fight the nation's obesity epidemic.



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