Physical Activity Levels among Overweight and Obese Adults in South Carolina

Swann A. Adams, Cheryl A. Der Ananian, Katrina D. DuBose, Karen A. Kirtland, Barbara E. Ainsworth

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Background: Obesity in the United States has reached epidemic proportions and is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Methods: We describe the activity levels of South Carolina adults on the basis of data derived from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Results: Overweight and obese men and women reported less leisure time physical activity than did people of normal weight, with women found to be less active than men. Conclusion: Physical inactivity is more prevalent among obese and overweight men and women than among people of normal weight. Visiting the physician's office offers a unique opportunity to educate patients about the health benefits and appropriate amount of physical activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-543
Number of pages5
JournalSouthern medical journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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