Effects of obesity on the energetics of gradient walking
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Walking is a popular and convenient form of physical activity and can play an important role in the treatment and prevention of obesity. During level walking, obese adults are reported to have a greater net metabolic rate (W/kg) but a similar metabolic cost (J/kg/m) compared to non-obese adults. Individuals routinely walk up or down grades, but the metabolic response to gradient walking in obese individuals is not well understood. PURPOSE: To quantify metabolic rate and metabolic cost during level and gradient walking in obese and non-obese adults. A secondary purpose was to determine metabolic ...