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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2006;12(4):348-354.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2006.12.4.348   
Effects of an Abdominal Obesity Management Program on Body Composition and Physiological Indicators in Women with Abdominal Obesity
Sukhee Ahn, Suk Ok Lee, Mi Ok Kim, Kyung Jo Lee, Hyun Sook Park
1Department of Nursing, Chungnam National University, 6 Munhwa-1 dong, Jung-gu, Daejeon, Korea. sukheeahn@cnu.ac.kr
2Department of Nursing, Dong-A University, Korea.
3College of Nursing, Pusan National University, Korea.
4Bukgu Public Health Office, Korea.
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of an abdominal obesity management program on a woman's body composition and physiological indicators. A sample of 20 women who were 33 to 62 years old with abdominal obesity (greater than 80cm of waist circumference) participated in the program for 12 weeks. The program consisted of aerobic dance and yoga for one hour, twice a week. Their body composition was measured with BMI, body fat %, waist circumference, and waist/hip ratio. The physiological indicators were measured by systolic blood pressure, blood glucose, total cholesterol, and triglycerides before and after the program. The results showed that waist circumference, waist/hip ratio, and fasting blood glucose decreased significantly after the program. However, BMI, systolic blood pressure, and blood lipids did not change. An abdominal obesity management program with aerobic dance and yoga is partially effective in decreasing abdominal obesity. Further studies are required to replicate the study with a control group using an experimental design.
Key Words: Obesity; Exercise; Waist to hip ratio; Women; Glucose


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