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Weight Management and Obesity by Courtney Winston Paolicelli

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Chapter 12

Physical Activity

Although the majority of this textbook has focused on the energy intake side of the energy balance equation, all weight management programs should also emphasize on the energy output (or energy expenditure) side of the equation. As discussed in Chapter 1, energy output is comprised of multiple factors (i.e., basal metabolism, physical activity, and the thermic effect of food); however, physical activity is considered to be the most significant because it is the easiest to modify. This final chapter will discuss physical activity in the context of weight management for both adult and pediatric patients.

Federal Guidelines

Just as the federal government has released general guidelines for healthy eating, it has also ...

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