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How much physical activity is enough to prevent unhealthy weight gain? Outcome of the IASO 1st Stock Conference and consensus statement

Saris, W., Blair, S., van Baak, M., Eaton, S., Davies, P., Di Pietro, L., Fogelholm, M., Rissanen, A., Schoeller, D., Swinburn, Boyd, Tremblay, A., Westerterp, K. and Wyatt, H. 2003, How much physical activity is enough to prevent unhealthy weight gain? Outcome of the IASO 1st Stock Conference and consensus statement, Obesity reviews, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 101-114, doi: 10.1046/j.1467-789X.2003.00101.x.

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Title How much physical activity is enough to prevent unhealthy weight gain? Outcome of the IASO 1st Stock Conference and consensus statement
Author(s) Saris, W.
Blair, S.
van Baak, M.
Eaton, S.
Davies, P.
Di Pietro, L.
Fogelholm, M.
Rissanen, A.
Schoeller, D.
Swinburn, Boyd
Tremblay, A.
Westerterp, K.
Wyatt, H.
Journal name Obesity reviews
Volume number 4
Issue number 2
Start page 101
End page 114
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, U. K.
Publication date 2003-04-23
ISSN 1467-7881
1467-789X
Keyword(s) obesity
physical activity
weight gain
weight maintenance
Summary A consensus meeting was held in Bangkok, 21–23 May 2002, where experts and young scientists in the field of physical activity, energy expenditure and bodyweight regulation discussed the different aspects of physical activity in relation to the emerging problem of obesity worldwide. The following consensus statement was accepted unanimously.
‘The current physical activity guideline for adults of 30 minutes of moderate
intensity activity daily, preferably all days of the week, is of importance for
limiting health risks for a number of chronic diseases including coronary heart disease and diabetes. However for preventing weight gain or regain this guideline is likely to be insufficient for many individuals in the current environment. There is compelling evidence that prevention of weight regain in formerly obese individuals requires 60–90 minutes of moderate intensity activity or lesser amounts of vigorous intensity activity. Although definitive data are lacking, it seems likely that moderate intensity activity of approximately 45 to 60 minutes per day, or 1.7 PAL (Physical Activity Level) is required to prevent the transition to overweight or obesity. For children, even more activity time is recommended. A good approach for many individuals to obtain the recommended level of physical activity is to reduce sedentary behaviour by incorporating more incidental and leisure-time activity into the daily routine. Political action is imperative
to effect physical and social environmental changes to enable and encourage physical activity. Settings in which these environmental changes can be implemented include the urban and transportation infrastructure, schools, and workplaces.’
Language eng
DOI 10.1046/j.1467-789X.2003.00101.x
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, The International Association for the Study of Obesity
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008614

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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