Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) April 23, 2013
In a recent report by Psychcentral.com, it was written that research has been completed involving the link between physical activity and obesity. The newest part of the study has confirmed that when an individual has become obese, they will have a reduced amount of physical activity.
It would seem only natural to come to this conclusion, but there was no concrete evidence that these two factors were actually linked. Professor Larry Tucker, Ph.D. studied the other end of the spectrum to see if being obese really lead to a decrease in activity.
“Most people talk about it as if it’s a cycle,” said Tucker, senior author on a study appearing online ahead of print in the journal Obesity.
“Half of the cycle has been studied almost without limit. This is the first study of its kind, in many ways, looking at obesity leading to decreases in physical activity over time.”
During the research, over 250 participants had an accelerometer attached to them to measure the actual movement and intensity of their activity.
“Roughly 35 percent of the population reports that they’re regularly active,” Tucker said.
“When you actually put an accelerometer on adults and follow them for many days, only about 5 to 7 percent are actually regularly active. We used an objective measure so we could determine genuine movement, not just wishful thinking.”
On average, it was found that among those tested, physical activity had dropped over the course of 20 months.
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