Physical activity patterns in morbidly obese and normal-weight women

Soyang Kwon, Jamal Mohammad, Isaac Samuel*

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Objective: To compare physical activity patterns between morbidly obese and normal-weight women. Methods: Daily physical activity of 18 morbidly obese and 7 normalweight women aged 30-58 years was measured for 2 days using the Intelligent Device for Energy Expenditure and Activity (IDEEA) device. Results: The obese group spent about 2 hr/day less standing and 30 min/day less walking than did the normal-weight group. Time spent standing (standing time) was positively associated with time spent walking (walking time). Ageand walking time-adjusted standing time did not differ according to weight status. Conclusion: Promoting standing may be a strategy to increase walking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-161
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2011


  • Light-intensity
  • Physical activity
  • Posture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Psychology


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