Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Diet and exercise go hand in hand

WE have heard it all before. Obesity is on the rise and is considered a major health epidemic.

Being obese means there are risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, kidney disease and stroke, among others. To manage obesity, the oft-heard advice from doctors and experts is to diet — by eating healthy food which means more fruits and vegetables — and engage in physical activities. A sedentary lifestyle, after all, leads to obesity.However, according to one expert, encouraging obese people to exercise is fine but there has not been enough guidance on how much exercise is needed. Obesity problem specialist Dr Anthony Leeds says that while eating healthy food and diet have been the focus on reducing weight, most people tend to forget about exercising.Diet alone will not work without adequate time for physical activity. Even if someone is on a low-fat diet, there is still a need to exercise. [more]

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