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Exercise for overweight or obesity

Shaw KA, Gennat HC, O'Rourke P, Del Mar C
Published Online: 
21 January 2009

Overweight and obesity are important public health problems and are associated with many serious health conditions. The risk of developing overweight and obesity depends on lifestyle factors such as food intake and physical activity levels. Treatment for overweight and obesity therefore commonly involves diet and exercise. We found that exercise has a positive effect on body weight and cardiovascular disease risk factors in people with overweight or obesity, particularly when combined with diet, and that exercise improves health even if no weight is lost. No data were identified on adverse events, quality of life, morbidity, costs or mortality.

This record should be cited as: 
Shaw KA, Gennat HC, O'Rourke P, Del Mar C. Exercise for overweight or obesity. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2006, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD003817. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003817.pub3
Assessed as up to date: 
31 December 2005