Food control is the missing link, experts say.
A new study shows that even though Americans have become more physically active in the last decade, obesity rates have soared.
A nine-year study of data from two U.S. health surveys suggests that physical activity alone is not enough to combat the problem.
The obesity problem is directly related to how much Americans eat, said senior author Ali Mokdad, a professor of global health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
"Americans are not doing enough to control what they eat," he said. They still consume more energy than they burn off through exercise, he said.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity contributes to serious chronic illnesses, high medical costs and premature death.
"We have to face the reality that obesity is affecting our health," Mokdad said. "We need to take care of ourselves by watching what we eat and how much we exercise."
Healthy weight loss is achieved by eating a balanced, healthy diet, ongoing exercise and portion control.
The above story is based on the July 10, 2013 news release by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. /
The study has been published in Population Health Metrics, an online journal featuring innovative research that addresses all aspects of the measurement of population health, including concepts, methods, ethics, and results:Dwyer-Lindgren L, Freedman G, Engell RE, Fleming TD, Lim SS, Murray CJL, Mokdad AH. Prevalence of physical activity and obesity in US counties, 2001--2011: a road map for action. Population Health Metrics 2013, 11:7 doi:10.1186/1478-7954-11-7
The complete article is available HERE as a provisional PDF.
For more information on obesity, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.