Leisure-time physical activity alone may not be a sufficient public health approach to prevent obesity - a focus on China

Bauman, A., Allman-Farinelli, M., Huxley, R. and James, W. P. T. (2008) Leisure-time physical activity alone may not be a sufficient public health approach to prevent obesity - a focus on China. Obesity Reviews, 9 Suppl. 1: 119-126. doi:10.1111/j.1467-789X.2007.00452.x


Author Bauman, A.
Allman-Farinelli, M.
Huxley, R.
James, W. P. T.
Title Leisure-time physical activity alone may not be a sufficient public health approach to prevent obesity - a focus on China
Journal name Obesity Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1467-7881
1467-789X
Publication date 2008-03
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2007.00452.x
Volume 9
Issue Suppl. 1
Start page 119
End page 126
Total pages 8
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Much small-scale research has identified the role of physical activity in obesity prevention. This is the 'energy expenditure' side of the energy balance equation. Although around half an hour of daily moderate-intensity physical activity is required for cardiovascular health and disease prevention, the quantum of physical activity required for obesity prevention and weight loss is around 60-90 minutes per day. This amount of physical activity is difficult to achieve through leisure time physical activity (LTPA) alone, and additional energy expenditure is needed in the domains of active transport, occupation activity and in domestic settings. Modeling of 24-hour energy expenditures demonstrate the need for 'active living', namely energy expenditure over and above that due to LTPA, for weight loss and obesity prevention. The consequences of this for developing countries such as China are the need to focus on preventing the declines in energy expenditure attributable to urbanization, industrialization, and motor vehicle dependence. These will pose policy challenges in the developing world, if they are to be taken seriously as obesity prevention strategies
Keyword Energy Expenditure
Obesity Prevention
Physical activity
Cardiovascular risk factors
Life Style
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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