What is it about?

This publication presents the Exercise & Sports Science Australia's Position Statement on Physical Activity in the Management of Obesity in Adults. It provides an overview of the evidence on the role of physical activity in the prevention of weight and adiposity gain, weight and adiposity loss, and weight and adiposity regain in adults. Emphasis is on the translation of this information into real-world practice including recommendations for exercise specialists, common misconceptions and special considerations. The emphasis is on the translation of this information into real-world practice including recommendations for exercise specialists, common misconceptions and special considerations.

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Why is it important?

Exercise practitioners see many clients with overweight or obesity, either as the chief complaint or a comorbidity. Yet, there are lot of misconceptions and misinformation about obesity management, including the role of physical activity. This position statement from ESSA provides clear, evidence-informed guidance around the volume and type of exercise that has been shown to be most effective in preventing weight and waist circumference gain, enabling reductions in adiposity and weight as well as preventing weight and adiposity regain after a successful weight managment program.

Perspectives

A distinctive feature of these recommendations is the recognition that improving health in people with overweight or obesity can be achieved by addressing the different elements of overweight and obesity that go beyond a focus on total weight loss.

Professor Timothy Gill
University of Sydney

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This page is a summary of: Physical activity in the management of obesity in adults: A position statement from Exercise and Sport Science Australia, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, December 2021, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2021.07.009.
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