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Study Throws Cold Water On Assumptions About Exercise And Weight Gain

February 7, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Regular exercise offers many health benefits – reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer and improved mental health and mood – but preventing weight gain or boosting weight loss are not among them, according to a new U.S. study that collected data from the U.S. and four other countries. The study among young adults of African descent also found that sedentary time was not associated with weight gain. At the first visit, Ghana participants had the lowest average weights, and were also fitter than Americans. Ghanaians were more likely to get at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a week (U.S. guidelines). The researchers were surprised to find, however, that total weight gain in every country over two years was actually greater among participants who met the physical activity guidelines.   [ Image credit: © Public Domain ]
Lara R. Dugas et al., "Accelerometer-measured physical activity is not associated with two-year weight change in African-origin adults from five diverse populations. ", PeerJ, February 07, 2017, © Dugas et al.
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