WHAT IT IS
Diet relates to the food that you put in your body. Exercise relates to physical activity that burns calories and fat.
Losing weight results from burning more calories than you consume.
Obesity can result from bad food habits, lack of exercise, genetics, stress and more.3
WHY IT MATTERS
At least 20% of residents in each U.S. state are obese, affecting one in five children aged 6-19.4 Many consider obesity a national health crisis and continue to ask what is more effective for losing weight: diet or exercise?
Your body can often continue to burn calories after a workout.8
Diets can show results for a few days or weeks. Studies show those who keep off the weight long term are physically active.9
All in the numbers
Many studies show effective weight loss is about 75% diet and 25% exercise.10
Cutting out unhealthy foods by eating healthy options can be more effective for losing and maintaining weight loss.11
Healthy vs. unhealthy
Think about this: you can exercise extensively, eat unhealthy foods and not have the desired results. If you eat healthy foods with exercise, weight loss results are much higher. 12
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
How does social media play a role in weight stigma?
Who is responsible for combating obesity? The individual? The government? Healthcare organizations?