Impact of physical activity on the emerging crisis of obesity in Asia

J. Levine*, J. Peters, W.H.M. Saris, J.O. Hill

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Division of Endocrinology, Department of Internal Medicine, Endocrine Research Unit, Mayo Clinic, Rochester Minnesota 55905, USA Nutrition Science Institute, The Proctor and Gamble Company Cincinnati, Ohio, US University of Maastricht, The Netherlands University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado, USA.

Obesity is associated with devastating health and fiscal consequences in countries where it is epidemic. It is beholden on us all to try to prevent obesity emerging in countries where its prevalence is starting to increase. There are many countries in Asia where this is so. Obesity prevention necessitates attention to both increasing physical activity and improving nutrition. In this paper we discuss a strategic approach for increasing physical activity. First, we need to better understand physical activity levels and the factors that impact it. Next, we need to design specific and targeted governmentally supported strategies to promote physical activity. Finally we need to critically and objectively evaluate these strategies and then promote those that are successful, and channel limited resources away from those that are not. These goals are achievable through collaborating and sharing technologies. We hope to prevent obesity from engulfing Asia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S710-S713
Number of pages4
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Issue numberSuppl 8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002

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