Eating too much, not too little exercise to blame for obesity
by Alan Cooper
A new study suggests eating less, not more exercise is the way to lose weight. But does that mean we shouldn't exercise at all?
Eat too much and its unlikely you'll be able to do enough exercise to burn it off. That's the sobering finding of a new study by a World Health Organization obesity research center.
News agency Reuters reports that the research team studied the eating and exercise patterns of Americans over the past 30 years and concluded that their weight gain could be put down almost completely to over-eating. It found that declines in physical activity played only a "minor role”.
Fast food and soda companies like to blame declining exercise levels, not their products, for the obesity epidemic. This study shows up their argument for what it is - baseless blame-shifting of the worst kind.
But before you seize on this as the perfect excuse to ditch your exercise programs, consider this...
Exercise may not be as important for losing weight as restricting your calorie intake. But it still plays a part. And it's extremely important for cardio-vascular health.
Eat less to lose weight. Exercise more to help with the weight-loss and to keep your heart and lungs healthy.