Changes in obesity, cardiorespiratory fitness and habitual physical activity following a one-year intervention program in obese youth: a pilot study.

Abstract

AIM The aim To assess the effects of a unique twelve month program of physical activity and health education on body mass index, cardiorespiratory fitness and physical activity habits in obese youth. METHODS Thirty-seven physician referred subjects, nineteen girls (12.7 ± 3.1 years) and eighteen boys (12.2 ± 2.8 years) participated in the study. Treatment consisted of a unique program of physical activity that emphasized playing games. Activity sessions were offered one time per week, two hours each session, for twelve months. A two hour health education class was provided every 3 months. Weight, height, Body Mass Index, cardiorespiratory fitness and habitual physical activity were measured. RESULTS Findings of the study demonstrated a significant improvement in body mass index, cardiorespiratory fitness (P<0.001), and habitual physical activity (P<0.05). CONCLUSION Results of the pilot study were favorable in addressing serious health issues in young obese boys and girls.

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@article{Vanhelst2011ChangesIO, title={Changes in obesity, cardiorespiratory fitness and habitual physical activity following a one-year intervention program in obese youth: a pilot study.}, author={J{\'e}r{\'e}my Vanhelst and Paul Stephen Fardy and Jacques Mikulovic and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Marchand and Gilles Bui-Xu{\^a}n and Denis Theunynck and Laurent B{\'e}ghin}, journal={The Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness}, year={2011}, volume={51 4}, pages={670-5} }