competition athletics. For most people in industrialized societies, however, the contribution of physical activity to daily energy expenditure is relatively small. The numerous factors influencing the 3 components of energy expenditure are outlined in Table 4.

The effect of body weight in average women (~60 kg) on energy expenditure is illustrated in Figure 5. The relationship is slightly curvilinear because of differences in body composition in terms of leanness and fatness. Resting metabolic rate is shown as a baseline value.

Just as described above for a specific activity, it has been customary to express total energy expenditure

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