Short-term changes of fatigability and muscle performance in severe obese patients after an integrated body mass reduction program

A. Sartorio, P. Fontana, L. Trecate, C. L. Lafortuna

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Abstract

The effects of a short-term (3-week) integrated body weight reduction (BWR) program on fatigue perception and on lower limb anaerobic power output were evaluated in 200 severely obese in-patients (40 males and 160 females, age: 18-83 yr, BMI: 35.0-65.3 kg/m 2). Fatigue was assessed by a 7-point Likert-type scale questionnaire (Fatigue Severity Scale, FSS), while average lower limb power output (W) during a maximal effort was determined with a modification of the Margaria test for stair climbing. In both genders, total FSS score was influenced by both age and obesity level, resulting significantly (p45 yr) and in patients with lower BMI (2) than in those with a higher one (>40 kg/m 2). An opposite trend was observed in W. The 3-week BWR integrated program with moderate aerobic exercise and free standing and ground gymnastic routines induced a significant reduction in body weight (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-93
Number of pages6
JournalDiabetes, Nutrition and Metabolism - Clinical and Experimental
Volume16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003

Keywords

  • Diet
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle power output
  • Obesity
  • Physical activity
  • Weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Food Science
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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