A new study into whether or not the negative health effects of obesity can be offset by aerobic fitness has found that this is most likely not the case. Experts have previously suggested that if a person is overweight they can improve their health by engaging in regular aerobic activities, even if these activities do not lead to weight loss. However, fresh data has disputed this idea and has found that people in this category will not enjoy improved health by doing so. The study therefore suggests that maintaining a healthy weight is the best way to promote optimum health and longevity.
Obese people are at a much greater risk of a variety of serious health conditions. These conditions include heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. When we consider that over a third of adults in America are obese it is easy to see the public health problems that the country is facing.
Far from simply being a dietary problem, the incidence of obesity in America is also attributed to a lack of physical activity. Many people lead sedentary lifestyles which are effectively leading to adverse health conditions. Exercising regularly not only burns calories at the time, but those who exercise also burn more calories generally throughout the day than those who don’t exercise.
In the past, studies have been conducted to determine whether a person can be overweight but physically healthy. These studies have suggested that if an overweight person exercises regularly then they will be at a lower risk of the health problems associated with obesity. However, this theory is now being labelled as misleading and experts are advising obese people that they will have to lose the weight if the do not want to suffer the ill effects. Additionally, the mortality rate among men of a normal weight is much lower than obese men - irrespective of their level of aerobic fitness.
Obesity in America is a huge problem and initiatives to combat this problem have been launched across the country. With over 78.6 million adults being of an increased weight, the cost of this to the country is estimated to be over $140 million a year. Through education of nutrition and exercise it is hoped that the next generation will not succumb to the behaviours that are currently leading to rising obesity rates. Being of a normal weight with an adequate level of aerobic fitness is advisable for everyone in the battle to keep weight-related health problems to a minimum.