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Does Lack of Exercise Cause Weight Gain
Obesity Rates Increase While Physical Exercise is Unchanged
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Does Lack of Exercise Cause Weight Gain

Some evidence suggests that lack of exercise does not cause weight gain. The fact that weight gain is poorly associated with lack of exercise is evident by looking at exercise levels as body weights increased from the mid-1960s. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data show that through the 1990s exercise activity remained unchanged - while obesity rates climbed.

A 1987 study published in Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport found participation in regular physical activity actually gradually increased during the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s before leveling off.

According to an April 11, 2001, Journal of the American Medical Association report of CDC data, "trends in physical activity [then] remained stable during 1990-1998."

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