Do All Activities "Weigh" Equally? How Different Physical Activities Differ as Predictors of Weight

Lordan, Grace and Pakrashi, Debayan (2015) Do All Activities "Weigh" Equally? How Different Physical Activities Differ as Predictors of Weight. Risk Analysis, 35 11: 2069-2086. doi:10.1111/risa.12417


Author Lordan, Grace
Pakrashi, Debayan
Title Do All Activities "Weigh" Equally? How Different Physical Activities Differ as Predictors of Weight
Journal name Risk Analysis   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1539-6924
0272-4332
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/risa.12417
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 35
Issue 11
Start page 2069
End page 2086
Total pages 18
Place of publication Hoboken, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract In Britain, it is recommended that, to stay healthy, adults should do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity every week. The recommendations provided by the U.K. government, however, remain silent in regard to the type of activity that should be done. Using the annual Health Survey for England we compare how different types of physical activities predict a person's weight. In particular, we consider clinically measured body mass index and waist circumference. We document mean slopes emanating from ordinary least squares regressions with these measures as the dependent variables. We show that individuals who walk at a brisk or fast pace are more likely to have a lower weight when compared to individuals doing other activities. Additionally, we highlight that the association between physical activity and weight is stronger for females and individuals over the age of 50. Our overall conclusions are robust to a number of specifications.
Keyword Body mass index
Physical activities
Waist circumference
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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