Title: A multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of obesity
Authors: Vansant, Margareta ×
Hulens, Maria
van der Borght, Wim
Demyttenaere, Koen
Lysens, Roeland
Muls, Erik #
Issue Date: Feb-1999
Publisher: Macmillan Press
Series Title: International journal of obesity and related metabolic disorders vol:23 Suppl 1 pages:65-68
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is: (1) To describe a long-term multidisciplinary group approach to the treatment of morbidly obese persons; and (2) to present, in a preliminary report, results at three months in 30 obese women. DESIGN: Prospective study with evaluation at the start of therapy and after three months of therapy. SUBJECTS: Thirty obese women, initial mean BMI 35.3 kg/m2, age 28-67 y. RESULTS: Body weight decreased significantly (-6 kg) with 74% of weight loss as fat mass. This moderate decrease in body weight resulted in a significant improvement of VO2max/kg body weight. Resting metabolic rate and metabolic parameters remained unchanged. Among psychological variables, participating in the therapy resulted in a more pronounced restrained eating behaviour, an improvement of body image and a higher expression of positive feelings and actions. CONCLUSION: Preliminary results of the program are encouraging. However, continuous evaluation and improvement of the program in the long-term (at least several years) are extremely important.
ISSN: 0307-0565
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group Psychiatry
Physical Medicine and Revalidation Section (-)
Environment and Health - miscellaneous
Research Group for Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Clinical and Experimental Endocrinology
Nutrition (-)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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