Study: Obese women exercise one hour per year

The fat of the land began moving to America’s waistline at about the same time people started using microwaves as feeding troughs.

Soon afterwards, other technological advances made it possible to earn a living without breaking a sweat.

How sedentary have Americans become? A new study suggests obese women get about an hour of vigorous exercise a year. Obese men get 3.6 hours per year, according to the study conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Nutrition Obesity Research Center.

Researchers, who used data from motion-sensing devices slapped to 2,600 adults, seemed as shocked as you are by their findings.

“They’re living their lives from one chair to another,” said researcher Edward Archer in a HealthDay article on Fox News. “We didn’t realize we were that sedentary. There are some people who are vigorously active, but it’s offset by the huge number of individuals who are inactive.”

What does a typical day look like for the 35.7 percent of U.S. adults considered obese?

“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,” said Archer.

That’s an unfair slam on video games, which require more physical and mental activity than watching TV.

Some took issue with the study’s definition of “vigorous exercise,” which includes fat-burning activities such as jogging or jumping rope.

One researcher suggested a simple walk could be considered vigorous exercise for the obese, which the CDC defines as those having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.

Archer, the Alabama researcher, said exercise of any sort could improve health.

As little as 30 minutes of exercise five days a week can stop weight gain and improve health, Archer said. “People don’t understand that [you] don’t have to go to the gym and lift weights and run marathons to have dramatic impacts on your body. Standing rather than sitting, walking rather than taking your car, they have huge impacts on your health over time.”

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4xtra

February 21st, 2014
9:51 am

They probably did the study in ATLANTA…
It seems that physical fitness is a low priority in ATL.
Lack of side walks and poor lighting is part of the problem

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USC-69

February 21st, 2014
10:40 am

No big surprise. However, the primary source of obesity is excess calories. Education level correlates with both income and decreased obesity and some reports indicate that the expense and lack of availability of fruits and vegetables in poor neighborhoods coupled with cheap fast food is clearly a big problem in the Southern ‘Stroke Belt’, particularly among the poor. This issue is much more complex than some millennials would like to propose – “everybody is just too lazy”. Also, the availability of healthcare and education must play some role – dietary instruction, early treatment of diabetes, Cushings, low back pain, etc. as well as gastric banding or by-pass when needed. The Medicaid Expansion would make many of these preventive interventions available to those who need it most and to have it blocked in the state that needs it the most borders on criminal assault.

seemore's mom

February 21st, 2014
10:55 am

that is bull. 1 hour a year. I know that is not correct (from personal experience). that would mean that you don’t move all day.

The Geezer

February 21st, 2014
11:00 am

The CDC defines the obese as those having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.

So who died and left the CDC in charge? I define the CDC as a sanctimonious bunch of slackers living off of the public dole who take it upon themselves to label and judge the very people who are forced against their will to financially support them.

I label CDC employees as financial leeches. Am I right? It is just a label or an opinion. And you know what they say about opinions. Everybody has one. Sorry, I just get tired of boorish people ad their labels.

Class of '98

February 21st, 2014
11:08 am

George Mathis never misses anything posted the previous day on DrudgeReport, does he?

JDM

February 21st, 2014
11:13 am

The problem is the BMI calculation. It is outdated, do the research. It was proposed by a mathematician many years ago. A man my height (5′7) would have to weight 159 lbs. to be considered normal weight. The average height of a guy is 5′10, he would have to weight 174 lbs. to be considered normal weight.

Bumper

February 21st, 2014
11:16 am

Exercise is important for weight control and diet is even more important.

I see the same fat women (and men) at the fitness center day after day, and I wonder about their eating habits. Apparently they bust their butts working out, then on the way home they stop @ McD’s for the double decker cheeseburger and super-sized fries and chase it with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. They are, as my former boss liked to say, on a treadmill to oblivion.

Billy

February 21st, 2014
11:20 am

Hmmm… It took an expensive study, probably funded by the already overburdened tax payer, to come to this obvious conclusion? What a joke…

Billy

February 21st, 2014
11:28 am

Bumpy, what business is that of yours? They’re probably there for other reasons, like most body nazis like you are there; social interaction, or at least the hope of it. I’d work out if I could get people to leave me alone, but every time I’ve ever been in a gym, either the staff pesters you about some money saving deal for a trainer, or someone wants to gab with you while you’re huffing and puffing on the equipment. Walking is the best exercise; other people walking are not interesed in courtship, just a simple exercise that is the least strenous on joints, (and, with no contract!) Again, if you don’t like eyeballing overweight people, do what Dims have told me for 35 years about porn: DON’T LOOK AT IT…

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LOL

February 21st, 2014
11:30 am

I see the fat community has come out in force to condemn us for noticing that they are fat.

Wilbert

February 21st, 2014
11:36 am

If fewer men would fraternize with obese women, maybe the lonely obese women would take off some weight and put on some makeup.

Steve

February 21st, 2014
12:06 pm

It call comes down to moving for at thirty minutes a day-five to six days a week, portion sizes and drinking plenty of water. I’m a guy that has lost 161 pounds in a little less than two years. No weight loss surgery. I worked with my doctor on a low carb eating plan. There is no magic pill. It takes work and commitment. No excuses for not having the thirty to forty-five minutes a day. Make time and make yourself the priority.

I gained weight because I sat on my butt, over ate and ate the wrong foods. It happens. No one to blame but myself and no one could turn it around other than me. By the way I’m 53 so it gets harder as you get older to get it off.

Bernie31

February 21st, 2014
12:06 pm

Walking Up or Down Peachtree street in Atlanta at 5pm use to be a welcomed Cherished Sight. Beautiful shapely women every where you Look. Now, you can hardly see past the HUGE BUTTS in front of you, blocking your line of sight from those whom are walking further ahead. So Very Sad to see…This goes for ALL WOMEN! Black & White as well as Hispanic and Latino.

HUGE (2) Two TON Tessie’s is all you see!

Ghost

February 21st, 2014
12:08 pm

Yet another study paid for that I could have told you about from the comfort of my couch. (and I’m not overweight. LOL)

I get my 1 hour of exercise PER DAY

Excel

February 21st, 2014
12:12 pm

This is a lie. Some people that are obese exercise on a regular basis. Where did this crap come from?

Fred ™

February 21st, 2014
12:13 pm

Bernie? You don’t like big butts? you have to turn in your brother card………..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY84MRnxVzo

Excel

February 21st, 2014
12:14 pm

Bernie 31…EVERYBODY knows that you can’t please a fly in bed…keep it moving. You obviously come up ’short’ in too many ways! LMAO..hahahahahaha! :)

whirledpeas

February 21st, 2014
12:23 pm

Maybe if Jim Galloway went to the gym and cut back on his beer and chips he would lose his triple chin.

stingembuzz

February 21st, 2014
12:28 pm

seemore’s mom,
You do know what VIGOROUS activity is? That is not “just moving.”

The man

February 21st, 2014
12:31 pm

I have to sit in a chair working 10 hrs a day so I can pay for 99 weeks of unemployment, food stamps, WIC name the hand out here, for others.

stingembuzz

February 21st, 2014
12:31 pm

JDM, that seems more conservative than what the Wii Fit tells me, It says I should be at 145 for 5′9″. I’m a skeleton at 180.

Fred ™

February 21st, 2014
12:35 pm

I have to sit in a chair working 10 hrs a day so I can pay for 99 weeks of unemployment, food stamps, WIC name the hand out here, for others.

No you don’t jackass. payroll taxes borne by your employer do most of that. But you keep on spouting the talk radio foxbot lies, it’s easier than thinking. I guess you don’t have a job that requires critical thinking because you just showed you lack he ability to do so.

Bernie31

February 21st, 2014
12:48 pm

Excel @12:14 pm – Surely One of those TWO TON TESSIES wobbles her Huge BUTT home for you everyday then you both Sit On your Huge Butts, stuff your Faces, Fart while drinking yer DIET COKES! til bed time…then you both sweat like Piges for 3minutes and fall asleep to repeat it over and over again until one of you have a Heart Attack and CROAK!

That is Not a real Life….

uh..huh.

Jack ®

February 21st, 2014
1:59 pm

Maybe the guys that like stout ladies know something we don’t. Like granny said: where’s there’s meat, there’s heat.

vc

February 21st, 2014
2:57 pm

You can’t tell if someone is obese or not by a height/weight chart. I can run a 10k in under an hour, can ride a bike 100 miles in a day easily, and placed 2nd in my age group in my last tri last fall. I also get yearly checkups and bloodwork to monitor my health. Every year my cholesterol and every other bloodwork test is in the healthy, normal range. However, I am 5′7, weigh 180lbs and wear a size 10/12. Newsflash, muscle weighs more then fat. You can’t judge obesity by a height/weight chart, however many obese people I meet have a million excuses for their condition and think that their unhealthness is the new norm. I have met some obsese people at the gym sweating their asses off and taking control back over their life. My favorites are the obsese people crossing the finish line dead last in a tri or running race, but with a smile on their face. They might be last in the race but not in life. They are taking charge of their life and changing for the better which is more then what the majority of america is doing. Another big mac please!

Hilarious

February 21st, 2014
4:21 pm

Stop eating/drinking sugar.

Eat more protein and fat.

Watch the weight fall off without exercise.

KJ

February 21st, 2014
6:00 pm

Lots of anger up in here…. I thought you people were supposed to be jolly :(

Myke Hawke

February 22nd, 2014
11:47 am

Like Root Boy Slim used to say, “Root Boy likes nothing better, than a fat girl in a cashmere sweater. ” Nasty.

Myke Hawke

February 22nd, 2014
11:55 am

“Tight ski pants, cashmere sweater. Root Boy can’t think of nothin’, nothin’ better.” Dare To Be Fat, fat’s where it’s at

zerobodyfat

February 22nd, 2014
1:38 pm

Well, the study was on Fox News so I guess it applies to their viewership.

Fred ™

February 23rd, 2014
11:24 am

zerobodyfat said … Well, the study was on Fox News so I guess it applies to their viewership.
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Yes, both the wife and I are fat foxbots. Since most of Fox viewers are liberals like us that Love to Hate this makes so much sense why we are so obese.

Fred ™

February 23rd, 2014
2:43 pm

Jay used to automatically ban name-jackers like the coward who’s post appears above mine. Let’s see if George steps up and will do the same…….

Fred ™

February 23rd, 2014
2:44 pm

What kind of a low life scum has to insult another man’s wife? Huh td?

zerobodyfat

February 24th, 2014
8:19 am

If you can not take the heat, keep your fat butt out of the kitchen!

Bendaho

February 24th, 2014
8:51 am

Aww poor wittle Fred wants him some censorship. Strike a raw nerve buddy? How fat is your wife?

Hotguyg

February 24th, 2014
9:49 am

Obese people get plenty of exercise everytime they move. It takes a lot of muscle to move that extra weight weight. The most physically fit person would be exhausted if they wore a 50-100 lbs backpack all day. Obesity comes down to over-eating and nothing else. Those 150 minutes of exercise a week may burn 750-1000 calories. There are more calories in a large milkshake. Considering that everyone burns about 3 cals a minute while sleeping that exercise is only burning an extra 300-650 cals. An obese person eats more than that with one of there multiple daily snacks. I wrote a weight loss book that I share with all my patients that I share with everyone for free. It’s titled “EAT LESS” by Dr.K. You now know everything the world’s research shows is an effective weight loss strategy.

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