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Continued: Exercises trend grows – but so do waistlines

  • Article by: NOAM N. LEVEY and ANNA GORMAN TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU
  • Last update: July 13, 2013 - 11:35 PM

Even with the improvements, huge disparities exist in exercise patterns and obesity. In the least healthy counties nationally, fewer than a third of women and fewer than four in 10 men got sufficient physical exercise, the report said.



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  • disparities: Robyn Spann leads an outdoor yoga class at Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado. Colorado is ranked as one of the healthiest states in the United States, yet more than half the state’s residents are overweight or obese.

  • ‘amazing virtues’: Some experts believe the uptick in exercise is likely eventually to deliver significant health benefits. “Exercise has amazing virtues,” said Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

  • by the numbers

    66%+ U.S. counties in which men and women became more physically active in the past decade

    59.2% California women who got enough weekly exercise during that time, up from 50.7% (men’s activity grew less, from 59.4% to 61.3%)

    33%+ U.S. adults who are obese

    17% U.S. children who are obese

    No. 1 rank of poor diet as a factor contributing to the nation’s poor health compared to other industrialized nations

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