Physical Activity in Prevention of Obesity
Results of epidemiological studies are consistent in that those who are physically active are less likely to gain weight over time and become obese than those who are not. Several studies [13-16] have found that individuals who remain physically active or increase physical activity over time are less likely to gain weight than those who remain sedentary or who reduce physical activity over time.
There are very few prospective, randomized trials examining the ability of physical activity to prevent weight gain. Such trials are solely needed in order to establish a causal relationship between physical activity and prevention of weight gain and in order to identify how much physical activity is required to prevent weight gain. This amount may vary between populations and between life stages of individuals.
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