Effect of a 3-week body mass reduction program on body composition, muscle function and motor performance in pubertal obese boys and girls

N. A. Maffiuletti, A. De Col, F. Agosti, S. Ottolini, D. Moro, M. Genchi, M. Massarini, C. L. Lafortuna, A. Sartorio

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a multidisciplinary body mass reduction (BMR) program on body composition, muscle function and motor performance in 50 obese [mean body mass index (BMI): 35.9±5.8 kg/m2] boys and girls aged 12-17 yr (Tanner stage III, IV and V). The hospital-based BMR program combined an energy-restricted diet (1400-1600 kcal), nutritional education, psychological counselling and moderate physical activity (45-60 min /session; 5 sessions/week; 60-80% of the maximal heart rate) during a 3-week period. Fat mass, fat-free mass, maximal power during jumping and stair climbing as well as maximal strength of the upper and lower limb muscles were quantified before and after the treatment. Body mass and fat mass significantly decreased following the BMR program, respectively -5.1 and -7.8% (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)813-820
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Endocrinological Investigation
Volume27
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004

Keywords

  • Muscle power
  • Muscle strength
  • Puberty
  • Stair climbing
  • Vertical jump

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology

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