Physical inactivity, appetite regulation and obesity

Neil King, Rachel C. Colley, Nuala Byrne, Andrew Hills, J E Blundell

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The sedentary lifestyle is associated with chronic disease and ill health. The asymmetrical pressures imposed by the environment which facilitate inactivity whilst simultaneously providing an increased opportunity to over-consume food promote a susceptibility to gain weight. the inability of the appetite system to down regulate food intake in response to inactivity compounds the problem. Exercise and dietary interventions could help by promoting a negative energy balance. However, individual variability and compensatory responses to energy balance perturbations need to be understood so that weight management can be tailored to suit individuals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFat matters
Subtitle of host publicationFrom sociology to science
Place of PublicationCumbria
PublisherM & K Publishing
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781905539390
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


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