Posted: June 28, 2018 8:00 pm Updated: June 28, 2018 11:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) – It may seem like a contradiction, but more adults in the US say they are at the same time More than 24 percent of adults over the past year have stated that they train enough each week to comply with government recommendations for muscle strengthening and aerobics. This emerges from a large annual health survey. That was 21 percent in 2015.
The same survey says 31 percent of adults said they were overweight last year, up slightly. Another, more rigorous study by the government has also found that obesity in adults is increasing.
So, if more Americans train, how can it get fatter?
Some experts believe that the results reflect two groups of people (1
The figures come from an annual national survey that has been an important indicator of US health trends for more than 60 years. Around 35,000 adults answer the survey each year, including questions on how often, how long and how hard they work out in their free time.
The survey gives a good idea of trends, but it's not perfect. People generally exaggerate how much they exercise, how they overstate their height and keep their weight too low, said Jakicic.
The ten-year-old government recommendation states that adults should do weightlifting or other muscle-strengthening exercises at least twice a week. They also advise adults to do at least 75 minutes per week of high-intensity aerobic activity, such as running, or 150 minutes of moderate intensity, such as brisk walking, or a combination of the two.
In a report On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the survey responses from 2010 to 2015 and found that recreational activity levels are more prevalent in some states than others.
Almost a third of non-older adults in Colorado, Idaho, and New Hampshire met guidelines for exercise. In Mississippi, Kentucky and South Carolina, it was only about a seventh.
Higher training intensities were more common in people who worked than in those who did not work, the study also found
in the years of the CDC report. But recent data shows that more adults said that they would exercise at recommended levels in 2016 and 2017.
It's not clear why, said Jena Shaw Tronieri, a weight loss expert from the University of Pennsylvania.
One possibility: Many adults train to cope with stress, and the past two years have seen increasing political and social turmoil.
"I do not know if that will explain the increase lately, but we know that these situational factors are part of the context," she said.
Of course, unhealthy eating has a lot to do with obesity. Research shows that "a change in diet is needed to see dents or a reduction in obesity," said Tainya Clarke of the CDC, one of the authors of the report.
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