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Physical activity for persons with obesity—a health project reported
Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9040-2158
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH.
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH.
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3612-449X
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2008 (English)In: Forum on Public Policy Online, ISSN 1938-9809, Vol. 4, no SpringArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In public health contexts, increased physical activity habits and fitness (aerobic and strength capacities) are positively related for promoting health and preventing  and treating common diseases/problems, including obesity and overweight. A strongly graded inverse association between physical activity and obesity has been shown both for adults and children. However, a lower mortality risk has been shown for those with greater weight but good aerobic capacity than for those of recommended weight but less fit. On the basis of a health project with physical activity for persons with or without obesity, the paper discusses evidence-based methods for promoting physical activity. General guidelines for the amount of physical activity for persons are described, as are the numerous physiological and medical advantages of physical activity. The economic benefits are also illustrated. The paper exemplifies methods of measuring physical activity habits and physical fitness. These two factors must be observed when showing improvements in public-health contexts, including groups with obesity.

 

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Oxford Round Table , 2008. Vol. 4, no Spring
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physical activity, obesity, health
Keyword [sv]
fysisk aktivitet, fetma, hälsa
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-482OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-482DiVA: diva2:127062
Available from: 2008-12-02 Created: 2008-11-28 Last updated: 2016-11-17Bibliographically approved

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