Inactivity May Be Main Culprit in Obesity Epidemic: Study

Sharp rise seen in number of Americans who didn’t exercise, while calorie intake stayed steady

By Robert Preidt

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 HealthDay news image

TUESDAY, July 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Lack of exercise — and not a tendency to eat too much — may explain why an increasing number of Americans are obese, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed U.S. government data from the last 20 years and found that the number of women who reported no physical activity rose from about 19 percent in 1994 to nearly 52 percent in 2010. The number of men who said they didn’t exercise increased from about 11 percent to about 43 percent.

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