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According to the Harvard School of Public Health, obesity has become a serious health problem in the United States. About 69 percent of adults are overweight or obese, and 36 percent are obese. A somewhat worrying trend is child obesity, with one in three children and one in three young adults between the ages of 2 and 19 being considered obese. And while one mindset is that sedentary lifestyles are a major cause of obesity, a recent study suggests that eating too much can play a bigger role than under-exercising. You can recognize this notion because every bodybuilder will ever tell you that nutrition is everything when it comes to weight loss or weight gain.
The study, conducted at Baylor University and published in Science Advances, focused on the lifestyle and calorie consumption of children in the United States and the United Kingdom compared to children in the Amazon rainforest who are horticulturalists. Yes, we're pretty far from your local gym, but stay with us. The researchers found that, despite being more than 25 percent physically active and consuming more energy while resting, the Amazonian children did not have more calories throughout the day due to the higher activity of the immune system than children in the U.S. and U.K. burned.
These results suggest that everyone has a similar daily total energy expenditure budget, which means that the total amount of calories you burn over the course of a day doesn't depend much on whether you exercise every day or watch the latest Netflix drops , Keeping calories in check and not sweating on the treadmill for more than half an hour a day may be the best way to keep a healthy weight.
"This similarity of energy consumption suggests that the human body can flexibly balance energy budgets in different contexts," said study author Samuel Urlacher in a press release. "Ultimately, eating too much and not moving too little can be at the heart of the long-term weight gain and global diet that often occurs in childhood."
Whether diet is the real bad guy or not when it comes to obesity, Urlacher makes it clear that exercise is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle and who do we disagree with? Regardless of whether you have achieved your goal or not, sticking to an exercise program can help keep your body running like a well-oiled machine. The Office's Disease Prevention and Health Promotion guidelines for Americans recommend that adults exercise a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of intense aerobics per week to take advantage.
"Exercise remains vital to health and weight management because it affects appetite, muscle mass, heart-lung function, and many other factors," said Urlacher. "Our results suggest nothing else. Everyone should follow the recommended daily physical activities."[RELATED1]