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Pilot study of a 10-week multidisciplinary Tai Chi intervention in sedentary obese women.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19124984     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Alternative approaches to weight control and physical activity are increasingly needed. Numerous factors influence weight management, including the choice of physical exercise. No study has previously examined the therapeutic effect of a multidisciplinary weight management program incorporating Tai Chi (TC) exercises among sedentary obese women. DESIGN: Randomized intervention trial with blinded medical provider. SETTING: In day hospital consultations. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-one obese women. INTERVENTION: All subjects participated in a 10-week weight management program that was part of usual care and included a hypocaloric balanced diet, a weekly physician/psychologist/dietician group session, and an exercise program. For the exercise component, subjects were randomized to either a 2-hour weekly session of TC or a conventional structured exercise program. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Changes in weight, body composition, heart rate, blood pressure, mobility scores, mood, Three Factor Eating Questionnaire scores, and General Self-Efficacy. RESULTS: The TC arm improved in resting systolic blood pressure, chair rise test, mood, and reduced percent of fat at week 10 and at 6 months follow-up. General self-efficacy was enhanced in both groups and maintained at 30 weeks. CONCLUSION: The observed benefits over a 30-week period of a multidisciplinary weight management program incorporating TC exercises on physical functioning mood and dietary restraint need further understanding of how sedentary obese women adhere to physical activity like TC or other alternative exercises.
Arnaud Dechamps; Blandine Gatta; Isabelle Bourdel-Marchasson; Antoine Tabarin; Patrick Roger
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical journal of sport medicine : official journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1536-3724     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin J Sport Med     Publication Date:  2009 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-06     Completed Date:  2009-05-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9103300     Medline TA:  Clin J Sport Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  49-53     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Activity and Exercise Psychology, LACES, Faculté des Sciences du Sport, Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux, France.
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MeSH Terms
Body Mass Index
Day Care
Obesity / psychology,  therapy*
Pilot Projects
Tai Ji*
Weight Loss

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