post from The Cardio Blog
on 03 August 2006 03:58:00 PM. © The Cardio Blog
Filed under: Diet, Prevention, Research, Obesity, Exercise
One-third of Americans are obese, and at least another third are overweight -- so if three-quarters of these people claimed to eat healthy and nearly half claim to exercise vigorously
three times a week, then where's the weight problem coming from?
Perhaps what the 11,000 person telephone survey failed to ask was if these people perceived themselves as overweight, and thus unhealthily at risk for heart disease and diabetes. The survey definitely did not ask what or how much these people ate in a sitting -- although 28 percent reported snacking at least two times a day.
Most of the statistics in this survey turned out to be very similar between the obese or overweight people compared to the normal weight participants -- they snack and eat out only slightly more, and exercise almost as often as their normal weight counterparts. So is the question how do you define healthy eating and vigorous exercise -- or do these kinds of surveys need to be conducted in person, using a scale? Read
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