Remember This The Next Time Fast Food Purveyors Insist the Obesity Epidemic Isn't Their Fault
I personally LOVE to hear restaurant owners insist that they aren't to blame for the obesity epidemic while they hock 2,700 calorie salads, or, worse yet, refuse to release nutritional content at all. They insist that lack of exercise is the REAL culprit behind America's exploding waistlines, and they are blameless.
Well, now you have some factual ammunition to put them in their place. From MSNBC:
Researchers from Loyola University Health System and other centers compared African American women in metropolitan Chicago with women in rural Nigeria. On average, the Chicago women weighed 184 pounds and the Nigerian women weighed 127 pounds.
Researchers had expected to find that the slimmer Nigerian women would be more physically active. To their surprise, they found no significant difference between the two groups in the amount of calories burned during physical activity.
"Decreased physical activity may not be the primary driver of the obesity epidemic," said Loyola nutritionist Amy Luke, a member of the study team.
"We would love to say that physical activity has a positive effect on weight control, but that does not appear to be the case," Cooper said.
"Evidence is beginning to accumulate that dietary intake may be more important than energy expenditure level," Luke said. "Weight loss is not likely to happen without dietary restraint."