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GeneralMar 17, 2021

Wearable fitness trackers and step counters help overweight and obese to lose weight

People who are overweight and those with weight-related health conditions reap dividends from wearing fitness trackers and step counters, according to an online, peer reviewed British Journal of Sports Medicine article.

The article, written by a team led by Daniel J McDonough from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Minneapolis, is based on a pooled data analysis of the existing evidence.

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Practicality is a key feature of many fitness tracking devices, the researchers found

Background facts

More than 1.9 billion adults worldwide are said to be overweight, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or more. Another 600 million, whose BMI is at least 30, are obese, the article states.

In any one year in the USA, health conditions linked to excess weight are deemed to be responsible for about 70 per cent of deaths and make up 85 per cent of healthcare costs.

Just 5 per cent of adults in the USA meet recommended physical activity levels, while those who are overweight/obese and/or who have weight-related health conditions are even less likely to do so, Mr McDonough and his colleagues state.

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