Physical Activity and Obesity: What We Know and What We Need to Know.

Shao Hua Chin, Chanaka Kahathuduwa, Martin Binks

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Creating a negative energy balance by decreasing caloric consumption and increasing physical activity is a common strategy used to treat obesity. A large number of review and original research papers have considered the role of physical activity in weight loss and maintenance. However, their conclusions are at times conflicting. In this review, we have critically evaluated the findings of systematic reviews and meta-analyses and supplemented their conclusions with recently published, high-quality clinical trials. We have eliminated studies that were methodologically flawed in an attempt to reduce the ambiguity in the literature. We further sought, through selective review of these publications, to isolate the effects of various types of exercise, independent of dietary interventions, to further clarify their independent contributions. Thus, our review describes (i) combined calorie restriction with physical activity interventions, (ii) physical activity interventions without calorie r
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1226-1244
JournalObesity Reviews / John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
StatePublished - Nov 9 2016


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