muscle strengthening and obesity

A recent study carried out in the U.S. examined the associations between exercise, muscle strengthening, and obesity.

During 2015-2016 it was estimated that 93.3 million adults in the U.S. were obese. With obesity being associated with many other serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer, there is a need to find ways to decrease the frequency of obesity.

A recent study examined data from four U.S. public health surveillance surveys between 2011-2017, examining, in particular, the link between physical activity (greater than 150 minutes per week), muscle-strengthening exercise (greater than two times a week), and BMI-calculated obesity.

The results came from the available data of 1,677,108 adults over the age of 18 which showed that approximately 1.7 million adults who undertook both the aerobic and muscle‐strengthening exercise guidelines had a lower frequency of obesity.

The results of this study demonstrate the role of both aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise in decreasing obesity in the general adult population.


Bennie, J.A. et al 2019. Muscle Strengthening, Aerobic Exercise, and Obesity: A Pooled Analysis of 17 Million US Adults. [Online]. [16 December 2019].

Centers for disease control and prevention . 2019. Adult Obesity Facts. [Online]. [16 December 2019]. Available from:

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