Association of body mass index to meeting physical activity recommendations

Patricia A. Sharpe, Michelle L. Granner, Brent Hutto, Barbara E. Ainsworth, Annette Cook

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Objective: To investigate the association between BMI and physical activity based on the CDC-ACSM recommendation and a more demanding standard consistent with the IOM recommendation. Methods: A random-digit-dialed survey (n=1810) used 2001 BRFSS questions to measure physical activity. Results: Data revealed a monotonic association between BMI and physical activity level. Lower odds of meeting both recommendations were associated with higher BMI. The proportion meeting the CDC-ACSM recommendation was at least 3 times that of persons meeting the IOM-based recommendation. Conclusions: Meeting either recommendation was associated with BMI; however, a larger proportion of persons were meeting the less demanding CDC-ACSM recommendation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)522-530
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004


  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance
  • Body mass index
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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