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Lifestyle Interventions Can Positively Impact Obese Adults

October 26, 2010 by  

Lifestyle interventions can positively impact obese adultsPeople who are overweight may want to implement structured physical activities into their schedule as researchers have discovered that these types of weight loss programs can improve individuals' health.

Scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine studied 130 adults who were diagnosed as severely obese. None of the participants suffered from diabetes.

Some of the subjects were assigned to a diet and physical activity plan for the full year. Meanwhile, the remaining participants' were assigned to delay starting the physical activity portion of the plan for six months, although they received the same diet plan.

The researchers discovered that the group which implemented an improved diet and more physical activity into their daily regime lost more weight in the first 6 months than those whose exercise was delayed. As a result, beginning a diet and exercise at the same time improves the health of obese adults.

However, by the end of the study, both groups reported losing the same amount of weight.

The scientists suggest that lifestyle interventions are an important factor in obese adults because it can help them maintain a healthy and nutritional diet as well as an active lifestyle to lose weight.

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  • Joyce from Loris

    It outrages me that MONEY would actually be spent to do a “study”, only to inform fat people that they are fat, need to eat less and exercise more. If we actually live in a nation, that fat people need someone to tell them WHY they are fat, then no wonder we are in such dire straits. If people want to be fat, let them be fat. They KNOW they are fat! Surely they are not so stupid not to know!

    • James

      Joyce, Well said. I was just going to say: Duh!

  • Debra Rincon Lopez

    I know and they all know that this is true. It’s not rocket science. EVERYONE knows if they exercise they will lose weight. Teach us something we don’t know, & if they would stop going to McDonalds they won’t rub thighs also. WHAT ELSE Is new in the world.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Just exercise won’t do it. They have to combine that with less fat intake and also less caloric intake as well!!

  • Jim H.

    You mean seeing how many laps you can make around the buffet table isn’t exercise?

  • slickporsche

    It takes both diet and exercise to lose weight, but to keep it off is a lifetime decision that most do not have the self discipline for. Plus there are many medical reasons. Do not hate these people, only thank you self everyday, that you do not have the problem.

    • James

      Slick, I don’t hate fat people, but anyone who weighs over 300 pounds and still keeps on over-eating and getting fatter doesn’t deserve anyone’s respect.

      • Fed Up Gal in NM

        James/Debra RL – Shame on you! While I agree with most comments posted thus far, that generally most people are aware of their situation; problem is…like many others in self-destructive life-styles they either feel okay about themselves (some do) or they are at a point where they may be depressed and/or just overwhelmed and not really see a way out. Not everyone has a viable support system in place and trying to find one when one is already stressed is not always possible.

        It serves no purpose to be so damned pious about your lack of extra weight (if that is indeed the case)in comparison to someone else. Please re-read the article; the article was not addressing the costs of medical care, etc for obese people…it quite simply re-emphasized the need for structured exercise and I think it was a short, but sweet reminder.

        Before you “assume” another idea, i.e., that I must be one of those “McDonald” eating, “thigh-rubbing” and “over 300 lb’er’s” you so eloquently refer to in your comments…think again; I do however have a dear friend who is morbidly obese, due in part I’m sure to poor nutritional health, but also due to other medical issues that really have prevented from doing very much (exercise wise). It really is a vicious cycle, so make your comments…but try to understand your thoughts do not in themselves make you right (about everyone’s situation).

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Fed Up Gal,
          I can relate to your friend. With my bad back, I can’t exercise as much, which in turn affects my diabetes. I only weigh 188 now at six feet tall so I’m not too bad yet, but it is a constant battle!!!

          • Fed Up Gal in NM

            Joe H,

            I know what you mean…about the constant struggle. I’m no skinny mini, nor am I obese (certainly not by the standards mentioned in James’ comment). Unlike my friend struggling with morbid obesity, I’m probably about 30 lbs over what I should weigh for my height (5’5″) and while I do believe I’m overweight, I don’t consider that obese; my point is when we’re no longer teenie boppers, it’s not as easy to lose weight (in a healthy manner)…it’s slow and steady, if we’re lucky. Most adults are busy working and/or raising families, so they may not be able to put in as much effort as when they were younger…not an excuse of course, but rather a fact. Maybe I over-reacted a bit, but it just irks me when people take an unsolicited opportunity to demean someone…solely for their phsyical appearance.

          • libertytrain

            Good points Fed Up.

          • Fed Up Gal in NM


            Thank you for that vote of confidence :-).

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Fed Up Gal,
            Over-reacted? Never. Got upset for someones stupidity? Maybe and deserved!!

  • Olinda Guerrera

    Great way to put it!

  • Vigilant

    Wanna bet that those scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine had a Federal grant of taxpayers’ money to conclude the obvious? Why must we continually feel the need to re-invent the wheel?

  • Louise Besch

    A close friend is sincerely trying to lose weight, but the meds her MD put her on has caused a wt gain. She is PISSED. The MD is dismissive. Get a new one? Not every MD will take medicaid.


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