Can we really provide physical activity recommendations for obese people if we are not obese? A phenomenological perspective using a bariatric weighted suit

Mills, Claire D (2017) Can we really provide physical activity recommendations for obese people if we are not obese? A phenomenological perspective using a bariatric weighted suit. Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy, 7 (6). p. 20. ISSN 2165-7904

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Abstract

As researchers we are cognisant of the issues relating to the lack of physical activity associated with obesity. However, guidance given to the general population on physical activity levels fails to recognise the difficulties that obese people face to be physical active. Therefore, this study was designed to provide a phenomenological perspective in a practical context. n = 30 Undergraduate Sports Degree students (x ± s; age = 20.6 ± 2.1 years; body mass = 79.1 ± 8.5 kg and stretched stature = 179.8 ± 7.3 cm) were recruited. Participants performed in 5 standardized fitness testing parameters, Sit & Reach (SR), Vertical Jump (VJ), Illinois Agility Run (IAR), 10m sprint (10mS) and a 5 minute motorized walk (5MW) whilst monitoring heart rate (HR). Upon completion, participants wore a bariatric weighted suit (BWS) which provided an additional 20 lbs of padded weight and repeated the 5 testing parameters. Results indicated pre and post ranges of SR from 28.0 – -20.1 cm, VJ = 46.0 – 20.3 cm, IAR = 16.8 – 32.1 s, 10mS = 5.10 – 7.98 s and the 5MW found pre resting HR (x ± s) 62.0 ± 3.4 bpm compared to post HR (x ± s) 184.0 ± 3.5 bpm, indicating an significant increase (P < 0.05) of 122 bpm or 234%. Wearing the BWS caused physical stresses and constraints, suggesting that the BWS could be used with those who are at risk of becoming obese to demonstrate what could happen if they fail to take preventative action.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Obesity
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ125 Physiology of children and adolescents
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Claire Mills
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 16:14
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 16:14
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4994

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