The daily metabolic rate of the post-obese and the lean

C. A. Geissler, D. S. Miller, M. Shah

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Daily metabolic rates of 16 post-obese women and 16 matched, lean controls were measured at three different levels of activity in a room respirometer. Both groups had similar height, weight, age, and other anthropometric indices. Results show that the post-obese have metabolic rates ~15% lower than their controls at any level of activity. They also eat less. Slimmed-down, obese women have a normal body composition. For both groups, aerobic exercise did not have a prolonged stimulatory effect on metabolic rate after the exercise had finished. Mild exercise was more effective than aerobic exercise in increasing daily metabolic rate because it could be comfortably sustained for a longer time. Implications of these findings are discussed in relation to the etiology and treatment of obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)914-920
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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