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Study: Americans Are Exercising — And Getting Fatter

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DETROIT (WWJ) University of Washington researchers just released a large study on the state of America’s health, and it found although we’re getting more exercise, the obesity epidemic continues to expand.

The study’s senior author says our obesity problem is directly related to how much we eat, not how much we exercise.

The report compared weight, diet and activity levels county-by-county across the United States. The report found the percentage of adults meeting recommendations for physical activity — 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity a week — increased in most counties in the U.S, with more than two-thirds of Americans becoming more active.

At the same time, obesity rates for men or women stayed even or rose in all but nine counties between 2001 and 2009.

What’s the answer? Experts say to achieve healthy, permanent weight loss, we’ve got to eat a balanced diet, be physically active on a regular basis and exercise portion control.

“There has been a lot of progress on physical activity,” said Dr. Christopher Murray, lead author of the research, which was published in the journal Population Health Metrics, to the Orlando Sentinel. “To tackle obesity, we need to do this. But we probably also need to do more. … Just counting on physical activity is not going to be the solution.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest numbers show more than one-third of U.S. adults and about 17 percent of children are obese.

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