A new report from the United States shows that obesity rates are continuing to rise despite more Americans becoming more physically active.
Health experts say the key to reversing obesity trends has everything to do with food.
The study by the University of Washington looked at three million Americans over the past decade and found increasing levels of exercise reduced death, heart disease and diabetes but did not put a dent in obesity rates.
Professor Bruce Neal, from the George Institute for Global Health at Sydney University, says the problem is the same in Australia.
"We've seen physical activity go up, but obesity continues to rise. What this basically says is that the cause is diet," he said.
"Vast amounts of food, fundamentally unhealthy, really large, really energy dense."
He says food is now responsible for most chronic diseases.
Nutrition and obesity expert Ian Caterson says stopping obesity comes down to diet.
"Getting fit is important but to change the obesity, we've got to change what we eat," he said.
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