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Exercise Determines Lack of Obesity

A study from Tufts University shows that obesity is associated with eating frequently in restaurants and not exercising, but it is not associated with the amount of fat a person eats.

A second study from Tufts by different authors shows that avoiding obesity is associated with a diet high in fruit, vegetables, reduced-fat dairy, and whole grains and low in red and processed meat, fast food, and soda. With 65 percent of the North American population suffering from obesity, the message is loud and clear. Avoiding obesity does not require avoiding high-fat nuts, avocados, olives and seeds. The most effective way to avoid obesity is to engage in a regular intense exercise program. You should also eat large amounts of foods from plants that have not had their fiber removed, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds and nuts

1) Relative influence of diet and physical activity on body composition in urban Chinese adults. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2003, Vol 77, Iss 6, pp 1409-1416. MJ Yao, MA McCrory, GS Ma, KL Tucker, SJ Gao, P Fuss, SB Roberts. Roberts SB, Tufts Univ, USDA, Energy Metab Lab, Jean Mayer Human Nutr Res Ctr Aging, 711 Washington St, Boston,MA 02111 USA.

2) Dietary patterns and changes in body mass index and waist circumference in adults. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2003, Vol 77, Iss 6, pp 1417-1425. P Newby, D Muller, J Hallfrisch, N Qiao, R Andres, KL Tucker. Tucker KL, Tufts Univ, USDA, Jean Mayer Human Nutr Res Ctr Aging, 711 Washington St, 9th Floor, Boston,MA 02111 USA

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May 11th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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