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Obesity Does Slow People Down, Study Confirms
Date:4/5/2013

avoid it for that reason."

Psychological issues also come into play, Sandon said.

"Being obese gets tied to emotion and body image. You don't want people watching you. You don't feel comfortable going to a gym or a fitness class because people may be staring," she said. "Low self-esteem, poor body image and depression also oftentimes go along with obesity. There's a lack of confidence that they can lose the weight, and that in trying to do it they'll just bring unwanted attention to themselves."

The cycle of obesity and inactivity "is a very complicated and difficult situation," Sandon said.

More information

For more on physical activity recommendations, visit the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

SOURCES: Jared Tucker, Ph.D., senior epidemiologist, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Lona Sandon, R.D., assistant professor of clinical nutrition, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas; March 20, 2013, Obesity, online


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