BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CBS Atlanta) – The findings of a recent study suggest that the average obese woman in America only exercises vigorously for approximately one hour per year.
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Nutrition Obesity Research Center found that obese men did not perform much better – they only got, on average, just under four hours of vigorous exercise per year.
“They’re living their lives from one chair to another,” said Edward Archer, a research fellow at the Center, was quoted as saying of many obese people by MedicalXpress. “We didn’t realize we were that sedentary.”
He added: “There are some people who are vigorously active, but it’s offset by the huge number of individuals who are inactive.”
Those involved in the study did note that their definition of vigorous exercise was somewhat slim. However, Archer still noted that “the vast majority [of people] are not moving at all.”
He continued: “I think they’re living the typical life. They drive their children to school, they sit at a desk all day long, they may play some video games and they go to sleep.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, over a third of adults in the United States are obese – 35.7 percent, to be exact. Additionally, their recommendations for the frequency of exercise far exceed the amounts noted in the study.
“Adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms),” CDC officials noted on their official website.
The study was published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, MedicalXpress learned.