Effect of increased adiposity on cardiorespiratory fitness of young Indian individuals
Incidence of obesity in early life is increasing nowadays because of faulty food habits and lack of exercise. This study was aimed to find out whether obesity affects cardiorespiratory efficiency of young adults. As VO2max is the most accepted indicator of cardiorespiratory efficiency it was compared between 30 obese and 30 non-obese subjects aged around 20-25 years. VO2max was estimated by Standard Bruce treadmill test. Various other parameters measured and calculated are weight, height, BMI, heart rate. The results showed that cardiorespiratory fitness was significantly affected (P<0.001) among obese individuals. Therefore the exercise programs can be best designed to increase caloric expenditure and thus to decrease body fat in order to improve cardiorespiratory fitness.
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