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ERIC Number: EJ1012434
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
How Can We Help People to Develop Lean and Healthy Bodies? A New Perspective
Gutin, Bernard
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v84 n1 p1-5 2013
The dominant metabolic theory of obesity is that it develops from excessive positive energy balance. However, preventive interventions based on this theory have often been ineffective. This article proffers a developmental theory, which is based on recent epidemiologic research and a new line of research dealing with differentiation of immature stem cells into mature tissues. This theory posits that the mechanical stimulation provided by vigorous physical activity (PA) causes immature stem cells to differentiate into lean tissue cells rather than into fat cells. If this new theory is confirmed by future research, it implies that interventions that involve adequate doses of vigorous PA, along with appropriate diet composition, may be especially effective in promoting development of healthy bodies. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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