A Preliminary Investigation of a Health and Wellness Program for Overweight and Obese Adolescents
|Rachel Galioto1* and John Gunstad1,2|
|1Kent State University, Kent, OH|
|2Summa Health System, Akron OH|
|Corresponding Author :||Rachel Galioto
Department of Psychology
Kent State University, 360 Kent Hall
Kent, OH 44242
E-mail: [email protected]
|Received November 05, 2011; Accepted December 19, 2011; Published December 23, 2011|
|Citation: Galioto R, Gunstad J (2012) A Preliminary Investigation of a Health and Wellness Program for Overweight and Obese Adolescents. J Obes Weig los Ther 2:108. doi:10.4172/2165-7904.1000108|
|Copyright: © 2012 Galioto R, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
Background:Obesity in adolescents has been difficult to treat. Preliminary evidence has demonstrated the effectiveness of residential treatment programs in producing weight loss, although the optimal method for this type of program is unknown.
Method: Five students, (13-17 years old) participated in a residential health and wellness program for the treatment of obesity.
Results: Significant improvement in BMI, cardiovascular and strength indicators and attention was found as well as uniform indication of satisfaction with the program in teaching skills for maintenance of weight loss and healthy lifestyle.
Discussion: This study adds to the evidence that residential weight-loss programs may be effective in improving the health and fitness of obese adolescents and provides preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of this type of program in the treatment of obese adolescent