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


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.  

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James Levine, John Peters, Wim Saris, James Hill