We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Physical exercise — not laws, labels, or fad diets — is the key to weight control. And now researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published the latest data to back us up. After surveying nearly 400,000 adults, the CDC researchers concluded that as many as 43 percent of Americans are not getting the recommended minimum amount of exercise for a healthy lifestyle.
Said the report:
This report summarizes the results of that analysis, which indicated that, overall, 64.5% of respondents in 2007 reported meeting the 2008 Guidelines, and 48.8% of the same respondents reported meeting HP2010 ["Healthy People 2010"] objectives…
A smaller percentage of persons classified as obese (57.1%) were physically active than persons classified as overweight (67.3%) or of normal weight (68.8%).
Rather than demonizing cola and cupcakes, perhaps more Americans should take this columnist’s advice: Stop waiting for a magic pill (or law) to take the place of regular activity.