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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Southern medical journal|
|State||Published - Jun 1 2003|
- Physical activity
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