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Concordia University School of Law

Friday, January 28, 2005

Study on Fidgeting and Weight Loss

The Washington Post reports on a recent study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic that shows that people who fidget burn about 350 more calories a day!  The Post reports,

"The most detailed study ever conducted of mundane bodily movements found that obese people tend to be much less fidgety than lean people and spend at least two hours more each day just sitting still. The extra motion by lean people is enough to burn about 350 extra calories a day, which could add up to 10 to 30 pounds a year, the researchers found.

'There are these absolutely staggering differences between people who are lean and people who are obese," said James A. Levine of the Mayo Clinic, who led the research published in today's issue of the journal Science. "The amount of this low-grade activity is so substantial that it could, in and of itself, account for obesity quite easily.'"

NPR's All Things Considered has a very detailed story on this study.  Participating in the study did not sound like much fun - the participants had to wear special underwear with sensors to monitor all body moverments.  A picture of the underwear may be found at the NPR website. [bm]

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