Sedentary Lifestyle vs. Walking Lifestyle

“Unhealthy, calorie-rich diets combined with a sedentary lifestyle can wreak havoc on our waistlines. This potent one-two punch is most likely responsible for the dramatic rise of overweight and obese conditions that have been noted over the last few decades. If we were a nation that incorporated a moderate amount of physical activity into our daily lives, then the poor dietary choices we make would be less punishing when we stepped on the scale. The truth, however, is that not only are we eating more calories, but we’re also burning fewer of them through physical activity such as walking or exercise. This combination has completely disrupted our energy balance, thus producing a country struggling with weight control.” (p. 26)

Smith, I. 2001. The Take Control Diet. New York, N.Y.: Random House.


A Doctor-Professor answers the old question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health” in a completely new way. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital. ©2011 Michael Evans and Mercury Films Inc.

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