Exercise and Obesity Rates Are Simultaneously Rising in the U.S.

It may seem like a contradiction, but more adults in the U.S. say they are exercising at the same time more of them are becoming obese.

About 24 percent of adults last year said they exercise enough each week to meet government recommendations for both muscle strengthening and aerobic exercise, according to a large annual health survey. That was up from 21 percent in 2015. Also in this survey 31 percent of adults indicated they were obese last year, up slightly.

So if more Americans are exercising, how can more also be getting fatter?

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