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Fat and Fit VS. Skinny and Unhealthy

Recent research shows that you can be fat and fit and that some fit overweight people have no greater risk for chronic diseases than normal weight people. This corroborates statements by public health experts stating that whether you're thin or obese, the key to health is to get regular exercise.

According to Time's coverage, Dr. Timothy Church, director of the Laboratory of Preventive Medicine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, argues that being skinny isn't the whole story.

"Based on the data that our group and others have collected...we believe that getting more exercise broadly and positively influences major body systems and organs and consequently contributes to make someone metabolically healthier, including obese people," said Francisco Ortega, lead author of the first European Heart Journal paper and a research associate at the University of Granada in Spain, in a statement.

Various U.S. and European studies indicate that it is possible to be both overweight and healthy if you are metabolically healthy. Researchers found that metabolically healthy but obese participants had a 38% lower risk of dying than their metabolically unhealthy normal weight peers.

"You have to remember it doesn't take that much to be fit," says Church. "To qualify as fit, it takes about 30 minutes of walking five days a week on average. That's not a ton of caloric expenditure. It is actually quite easy physiologically to be overweight or obese, but also qualify as physically fit." Federal guidelines recommend at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a week.

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Season 2, Episode 5: Slow Walker

"City Walk" hikes the Pacific Crest Trail with Reese Witherspoon, takes a walk with a doc in San Diego, travels by foot across Copenhagen, joins a heartwarming game of soccer before hitting the rails to trails in Washington, D.C. and the streets of West Hollywood like you’ve never seen before.

  • 2016-09-24T05:00:00-07:00
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Season 2, Episode 6: Walking = Falling Forward

Learn why your foot is a superhero as "City Walk" takes you on walks around the racetrack, NYC under the moon, and beyond.

In this special health and fitness episode of "City Walk," family physician and past President of the American College of Sports Medicine Dr. Bob Sallis gives facts that promote physical fitness as a reliable antidote to the many conditions caused by sedentary lifestyles.

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Season 2, Episode 7: Explorations at 3MPH

In this episode of "City Walk," saunter the shorelines of Manhattan, travel the U.S. in a Chevrolet, stroll the art galleries and museums of Pasadena, and even visit a beach in the Netherlands where magical creatures walk powered by the wind. Also, join tens of thousands of people as they shut down the streets of Los Angeles for CicLAvia, a colorful 15-mile bike ride to the sea to celebrate a day without cars.

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Season 2, Episode 8: Basically a Gardener

In this episode of "City Walk," stroll through the green paths of Ocean View Farms Community Gardens in Los Angeles, hike the scenic canyons of Orange County, walk the doublewide sidewalks of old New York, visit a bike oasis in Las Vegas, take a turn on a treadmill in Rancho Cucamonga, learn the surprising truth about weight loss and health with City Walk MD, trek back in time to when pedestrianism was the #1 sport in America, and sail through the clouds high above Camarillo, California.

  • 2016-10-13T14:30:00-07:00
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Design Is People

The premiere episode of City Walk shines a spotlight on the most exotic and exciting walks in America, and travels to cities across the country that are currently transforming themselves into more walkable communities. With stops in Pasadena, Washington D.C., and New York City, the episode offers a personalized look at the changing landscape for pedestrians. We also discover how walking rehabilitation helped teenager Daniela recover from a sudden stroke, and how technology that once promised an easy future may now be harmful to your health.

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