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Physical Activity

Physical activity is directly linked to the prevalence of obesity. Persons that are sedentary in their leisure time have a higher risk of being obese than their physically active counterparts. Surveys show that 27% of sedentary men are obese compared to 19.6% of active men. In the female population, obesity rates are high not only for sedentary women, but for women that are moderately active. These relationships remain statistically significant when considering the effects of age and socioeconomic status.

Physical activity and obesity

Reference: 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey: Nutrition (CCHS)

See also section Treatment/Physical Activity

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