Postural instability of extremely obese individuals improves after a body weight reduction program entailing specific balance training

N. A. Maffiuletti, F. Agosti, M. Proietti, D. Riva, M. Resnik, C. L. Lafortuna, A. Sartorio

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Abstract

The purposes of this study were to compare postural stability between obese and lean subjects and to investigate the effect of a 3-week body weight reduction (BWR) program entailing specific balance training on postural stability of extremely obese patients. Time of balance maintenance and mean error on the medial-lateral direction at the trunk and lower limb level were assessed during a single limb stance on a movable platform in 19 non-obese and in 20 extremely obese individuals (age range: 20-40 yr). Time of balance maintenance was shorter (obese: 21.1±7.7 vs lean: 27.3±3.1 sec) and medial-lateral sway of the trunk was larger in obese (5.4±3.2°) than in lean (3.2±1.1°) subjects (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-7
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Endocrinological Investigation
Volume28
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords

  • Balance
  • Body weight reduction
  • Movable platform
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology

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