It's all over the news. The United States and many other nations are experiencing obesity at alarming rates. It's clear that there are too many videos games being played, too much TV being watched and not enough exercise. Wrong. According to a study from the European Congress on Obesity, while physical activity has reduced somewhat over the last 30 years, it's primarily the consumption of extra calories that has increased significantly. Researchers of the study stated that by reducing calories for children by 350 and for adults by 500 per day, Americans could achieve the average weights in America from the 1970s. The other option is to increase physical activity. However, 500 calories would require almost 2 hours of extra walking per day. Researchers recommend staying physically active but additionally paying extra special attention to what and how much we're consuming as most overweight and obese individuals are simply consuming far too many calories.
Source: Thomson Reuters. May 8, 2009.