Chapter 8. Physical Activity, Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

  1. Anthony H. Barnett2,3,4 and
  2. Sudhesh Kumar5
  1. Carlton B. Cooke and
  2. Paul J. Gately

Published Online: 24 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470741474.ch8

Obesity and Diabetes, Second Edition

Obesity and Diabetes, Second Edition

How to Cite

Cooke, C. B. and Gately, P. J. (2009) Physical Activity, Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, in Obesity and Diabetes, Second Edition (eds A. H. Barnett and S. Kumar), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470741474.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Medicine, University of Birmingham, UK

  2. 3

    Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull NHS Trust, UK

  3. 4

    Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Undergraduate Centre, Bordesley Green East, Birmingham, B9 5SS, UK

  4. 5

    Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK

Author Information

  1. Carnegie Research Institute, Leeds Metropolitan University, Headingley Campus, Leeds, LS6 3QS UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470519813

Online ISBN: 9780470741474



  • physical activity, obesity and type 2 diabetes;
  • current physical activity behaviour and guidelines;
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and American Heart Association (AHA);
  • physical activity importance to health;
  • prescribing exercise using relative exercise intensity;
  • exercise tolerance and cardiorespiratory fitness;
  • overweight and obese children (OWC);
  • guidelines for exercise and activity prescription;
  • physical activity and behavioural treatment of obesity


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Physical activity and exercise, what is the difference?

  • Current physical activity behaviour and guidelines

  • The importance of physical activity to health

  • Energy expenditure

  • Exercise tolerance and cardiorespiratory fitness in overweight and obese adults and children

  • Guidelines for exercise and activity prescription (including practical issues of clinical management for diabetics and the obese)

  • Research evidence on the role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes

  • Physical activity and the behavioural treatment of obesity

  • Linking research and practice

  • Summary

  • References