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Health and environmental sciences

2009

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An Examination Of Factors Affecting Weight And Health In Exercising Adults, Cynthia West Dupuis Apr 2009

An Examination Of Factors Affecting Weight And Health In Exercising Adults, Cynthia West Dupuis

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Obesity is a significant problem in American society with approximately 65% of the population classified as overweight and the obesity rate exceeding 30% of all American adults. Obesity is associated with widespread physical and mental health problems which lead to increased healthcare costs, increased work absenteeism, and decreased work productivity. The factors of genetics and diet have been studied extensively by researchers in relation to weight gain and health. Physical exercise also has been established as a factor that affects weight and health, but exercise programs of all types suffer from an average attrition rate of approximately 50%. The additional ...