Changes in physical activity and psychosocial determinants of physical activity in children and adolescents treated for obesity

Deforche, Benedicte, De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse, Tanghe, Ann, Hills, Andrew P., & De Bode, Patrick (2004) Changes in physical activity and psychosocial determinants of physical activity in children and adolescents treated for obesity. Patient Education and Counseling, 55(3), pp. 407-415.

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The purpose of this study was to describe changes in physical activity and determinants in youngsters treated for obesity. Self-reported physical activity and determinants were assessed at start, during and after an intervention in 24 obese patients (mean age 13.5 +/- 2.1 years). Participation in activities of moderate to high intensity increased during treatment, but 6-months after treatment this decreased again to pretreatment levels. Participation in activities of low intensity and television watching decreased during treatment and increased following treatment. Very little change was found in perceived benefits, barriers or self-efficacy scores. Modelling of siblings decreased after treatment, whereas there was no evolution in modelling of parents. Social support by family members increased during treatment, but decreased following treatment. We can conclude that the intervention was successful in activating obese youngsters to move at the desirable exercise intensity and frequency; however, maintenance of the exercise habit after treatment was not successful.

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ID Code: 10360
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: Physical activity, Determinants, Obesity, Treatment, Children
DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2003.07.012
ISSN: 0738-3991
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Exercise Physiology (110602)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Elsevier
Deposited On: 24 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:13

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