Physical Activity Levels among Overweight and Obese Adults in South Carolina

Swann A. Adams, Cheryl Der Ananian, Katrina D. DuBose, Karen A. Kirtland, Barbara Ainsworth

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Abstract

Background: Obesity in the United States has reached epidemic proportions and is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Methods: We describe the activity levels of South Carolina adults on the basis of data derived from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Results: Overweight and obese men and women reported less leisure time physical activity than did people of normal weight, with women found to be less active than men. Conclusion: Physical inactivity is more prevalent among obese and overweight men and women than among people of normal weight. Visiting the physician's office offers a unique opportunity to educate patients about the health benefits and appropriate amount of physical activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-543
Number of pages5
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Volume96
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Exercise
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Weights and Measures
Physicians' Offices
Leisure Activities
Insurance Benefits
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Obesity
Morbidity
Mortality

Keywords

  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Physical activity

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  • Medicine(all)

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Physical Activity Levels among Overweight and Obese Adults in South Carolina. / Adams, Swann A.; Der Ananian, Cheryl; DuBose, Katrina D.; Kirtland, Karen A.; Ainsworth, Barbara.

In: Southern Medical Journal, Vol. 96, No. 6, 06.2003, p. 539-543.

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Adams, Swann A. ; Der Ananian, Cheryl ; DuBose, Katrina D. ; Kirtland, Karen A. ; Ainsworth, Barbara. / Physical Activity Levels among Overweight and Obese Adults in South Carolina. In: Southern Medical Journal. 2003 ; Vol. 96, No. 6. pp. 539-543.
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