Nearly Half Of Adults Inactive

Nearly Half Of Adults Inactive It might surprise you to learn that, on average, Americans aren't consuming more calories than they did 20 years ago. Even the portions of proteins, carbohydrates and fat have remained relatively unchanged. A study published in The American Journal of Medicine suggests an increase in activity is largely to blame for skyrocketing rates of obesity.

Comparing data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey taken during the 1988 to 1994 period with similar data compiled between 2009 and 2010, researchers found a dramatic increase in the percentage of inactive adults. Only 19.1% of females described themselves as inactive in 1994 compared to 51.7% in 2010. Men weren't much better, going from 11.4% in 1994 to 43.5% in 2010.

True Strength Moment: With so many female adults not breaking a sweat, it's no surprise that the largest increase in Body Mass Index trends was seen in women aged 18 to 39. If you see yourself in this picture, it's probably time to take a more literal interpretation of the phrase 'leisure time activity'.
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