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Body Mass Weight Study

Body Mass Study Aim
To discover if body mass change and habitual leisure time physical activity of working-aged men and women are associated.

Body Mass Study Design
Prospective 10-year follow-up study.

Body Mass Study Subjects
A regionally representative cohort of 19-63 year old men and women in three municipalities in Finland.

Body Mass Study Measurements
The main outcome measures were average body mass change during the 10 years of follow-up and the clinically significant body mass gain defined as a body mass gain of 5 kg or more during the follow-up and a body mass index of 26 or higher at the end of the follow-up. Leisure time physical activity was determined from self-administered questionnaires.

Body Mass Study Results
After adjustment for the potential confounders, the logistic regression analysis showed that the men and women with no regular weekly activity at the end of the follow-up had an odds ratio of 2.59 and 2.67, respectively for clinically significant body mass gain in comparison with the most active groups. The men who had decreased their activity during the 10 y follow-up had an odds ratio of 1.96, and the men who were physically inactive all the time had an odds ratio of 1.62 for clinically significant body mass gain when compared with the subjects who were active all the time. Among the women the odds ratios for clinically significant body mass gain after adjustment for potential confounders were 2.49 and 1.61, respectively.

Body Mass Study Conclusion
These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that regular physical activity prevents body mass gain and physical inactivity is a risk factor for body mass gain and obesity among adults.

Source: International Journal of Obesity

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