ERIC Number: EJ973666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
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Differences in Amounts and Types of Physical Activity by Obesity Status in US Adults
Spees, Colleen K.; Scott, Jonathan M.; Taylor, Christopher A.
American Journal of Health Behavior, v36 n1 p56-65 Jan 2012
Objectives: To describe the physical activity patterns across levels of obesity among US adults. Methods: The frequency, intensity, and duration of physical activities were compared across obesity status in 7695 adults from NHANES, 1999-2006. Results: Significantly more normal-weight adults engaged in moderate- and vigorous- intensity activities and for a longer duration than did their overweight or obese counterparts. Lower intensity, longer duration walking contributed to nearly half of all moderate activity among obese subjects. Conclusions: Significant differences exist in intensity, frequency, and duration of physical activity by weight status. This information suggests a targeted approach to current physical activity interventions be explored.
Descriptors: Obesity, Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Adults, Comparative Analysis, Body Composition, Body Weight
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United States