Physical activity patterns associated with weight-control status: Differences by race and sex

Judy Kruger, Michelle M. Yore, Barbara Ainsworth, Caroline A. Macera

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Background: Physical activity (PA) plays a major role in maintaining energy balance. We examined the patterns of occupational activity, strength training, and lifestyle PA (low, medium, high) by sex and race among persons trying to control their weight (lose weight, stay about the same, not trying to lose/not trying to stay about the same). Methods: Population data (N = 9258) from, a nationwide telephone survey were collected to examine PA. patterns. Domains of PA were analyzed by sex and race. Results: Of those trying to control their weight, approximately 24.0% engaged, in strengthening activities 2 to 3 d/wk. Among those trying to lose weight, 48.2% versus 42.2% of men (White and non-White, respectively) and 40.4% versus 35.1% of women (White and non-White, respectively) reported high volumes of PA. Conclusions: PA patterns among persons trying to control their weight vary by sex and race. Adults trying to control their weight are encouraged to increase levels of PA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)456-468
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Volume5
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2008

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Keywords

  • Ethnicity
  • Exercise
  • Gender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Physical activity patterns associated with weight-control status : Differences by race and sex. / Kruger, Judy; Yore, Michelle M.; Ainsworth, Barbara; Macera, Caroline A.

In: Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Vol. 5, No. 3, 05.2008, p. 456-468.

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Kruger, Judy ; Yore, Michelle M. ; Ainsworth, Barbara ; Macera, Caroline A. / Physical activity patterns associated with weight-control status : Differences by race and sex. In: Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 2008 ; Vol. 5, No. 3. pp. 456-468.
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