STOP COUNT­ING CALO­RIES AND

Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - B+S NEWS FLASH -

It’s a lack of ex­er­cise and not our di­ets that’s mak­ing us fat, a new re­port in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Medicine re­veals. It found that in the past 20 years, there’s been a sharp de­crease in phys­i­cal ex­er­cise and a cor­re­spond­ing in­crease in aver­age body mass in­dex ( BMI), yet the amount of calo­ries con­sumed has re­mained steady.

And it’s women who are be­com­ing more seden­tary. The Stan­ford Univer­sity re­searchers dis­cov­ered that the num­ber of US adult women who re­ported no phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity in­creased from 19.1 per cent in 1994 to 51.7 per cent in 2010. Dur­ing the same pe­riod, the most dra­matic rise in BMI was among women aged 18-39.

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