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Too Hot to Exercise? New Research Links Obesity to Temperature and Humidity


Too Hot to Exercise? New Research Links Obesity to Temperature and Humidity - University of Texas at Austin, June 25, 2014

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Too Hot to Trot: Study finds higher obesity in hottest counties - Valley Morning Star, June 30, 2014

Study Ties Obesity to Temperature and Humidity- Science World Report, June 30,2014

Regions with Extreme Summers Have Higher Obesity Rates: Study - Headline and Global News, June 30, 2014

Study: Obesity rates high in hotter regions- The Brownsville Herald, June 28, 2014

Summer heat linked to obesity - The McAllen Monitor, June 28, 2014

UT study finds obesity rates are higher in hotter parts of the U.S. - The Daily Texan, June 27, 2014

UT Study Shows Link Between Climate and Obesity - The Alcalde, June 27, 2014

Can the Weather Make You Fat? -, June 26, 2014

Obesity Linked to Heat, Humidity - Laboratory Equipment, June 26, 2014

UT Blames Obesity on Hot Temps - KEYE,  June 25, 2014

Failing at exercise? Just blame Texas weather - Houston Chronicle, June 25, 2014

Too hot to exercise? New research links obesity to temperature and humidity - Medical Xpress, June 25, 2014

Study: Hottest and coldest US places also fattest - KUT, June 25, 2014


AUSTIN, Texas, June 25, 2014 -- If you live in the South and have trouble exercising during the muggy summer months, you’re not alone. New research by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin has found that adults are less physically active — and more obese — in counties where summers are hot, especially if they are also humid or rainy.

The new study, which appears in the American Journal of Public Health, also found that adults are less active and more obese in counties where winters are especially cold, cloudy and dark.

Summer weather helps to explain why some parts of the U.S. have more obesity than others. As shown in the study’s maps, many of the counties with the people who are least active and most obese are in the Southeast, where the summers are hot and wet, while many of the most active, least obese counties are in the mountain West, where summers are cool and dry.

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