What are the benefits of exercise in patients with obesity?

Updated: Jun 09, 2021
  • Author: Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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A study by Goodpaster et al showed that patients with severe obesity who introduced exercise concurrently with or after dietary intervention had significant weight loss and modification of cardiometabolic risk factors. [142] Furthermore, a study by Hankinson et al indicated that benefits of exercise in young age may translate into benefits beyond, particularly in young women. [143] This information is useful for patients and physicians who may be discouraged by the patients’ initial inability to engage in exercise.

A study by Rejeski et al indicated that community weight-loss and physical activity programs can have a positive impact on mobility in elderly people who are overweight or obese and are in poor cardiovascular health. [144] In this study, participants with poorer mobility at baseline benefited the most from these interventions.


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