Title:

Individuals who walk at a brisk or fast pace are more likely to have a lower weight when compared to individuals doing other activities

URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25989894
Summary:

Peer reviewed study finds that individuals who walk at a brisk or fast pace are more likely to have a lower weight when compared to individuals doing other activities.

Highlights: In Britain, it is recommended that, to stay healthy, adults should do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity every week. The recommendations provided by the U.K. government, however, remain silent in regard to the type of activity that should be done. Using the annual Health Survey for England we compare how different types of physical activities predict a person's weight. In particular, we consider clinically measured body mass index and waist circumference. We document mean slopes emanating from ordinary least squares regressions with these measures as the dependent variables. We show that individuals who walk at a brisk or fast pace are more likely to have a lower weight when compared to individuals doing other activities. Additionally, we highlight that the association between physical activity and weight is stronger for females and individuals over the age of 50. Our overall conclusions are robust to a number of specifications."

Read the full article: "Do All Activities "Weigh" Equally? How Different Physical Activities Differ as Predictors of Weight." by Grace Lordan and Debayan Pakrashiin in Risk Anal. 2015 Nov;35(11):2069-86. doi: 10.1111/risa.12417. Epub 2015 May 20.

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Topics: Environment:, Sustainable transportation, Health Promotion, Active living
Location: United Kingdom
Resource Type: strategies and interventions
Publisher: Society for Risk Analysis.
Date Last Updated: 2016-06-03 08:54:15

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