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Running 'can help people avoid obesity'

Posted 25 February 2011
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Running 'can help people avoid obesity'
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Physical exercise, such as running and walking, can be a key factor in ensuring individuals do not become affected by obesity during their lives.

Research by the National Health Service (NHS) shows the condition is a growing problem in the UK, with 30 per cent more hospital admissions as a result of weight issues in the last year.

Indeed, some 10,600 individuals found themselves requiring medical care in 2009/10, up from 8,000 the year before.

Beatrice Brooke, policy manager at the NHS, notes running and walking can have a great effect on beating obesity, but Britons are generally not active enough.

"Safe and well-designed streets and neighbourhoods, as well as access to parks and open spaces, are crucial to helping people of all ages walk, cycle, and play outdoors more often," she states.

People were recently advised by Dr Joanna Bowtell, head of sports and exercise science research at London South Bank University, to drink plenty of water while exercising.ADNFCR-2803-ID-800428038-ADNFCR