The effects of Tai Chi in centrally obese adults with depression symptoms

Liu, Xin, Vitetta, Luis, Kostner, Karam, Crompton, David, Williams, Gail, Brown, Wendy J., Lopez, Alan, Xue, Charlie C., Oei, Tian P., Byrne, Gerard, Martin, Jennifer H. and Whiteford, Harvey (2015) The effects of Tai Chi in centrally obese adults with depression symptoms. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2015 879712.1-879712.8. doi:10.1155/2015/879712

Author Liu, Xin
Vitetta, Luis
Kostner, Karam
Crompton, David
Williams, Gail
Brown, Wendy J.
Lopez, Alan
Xue, Charlie C.
Oei, Tian P.
Byrne, Gerard
Martin, Jennifer H.
Whiteford, Harvey
Title The effects of Tai Chi in centrally obese adults with depression symptoms
Journal name Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1741-427X
Publication date 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1155/2015/879712
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 2015
Start page 879712.1
End page 879712.8
Total pages 8
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This study examined the effects of Tai Chi, a low-impact mind-body movement therapy, on severity of depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms in centrally obese people with elevated depression symptoms. In total, 213 participants were randomized to a 24-week Tai Chi intervention program or a wait-list control group. Assessments were conducted at baseline and 12 and 24 weeks. Outcomes were severity of depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms, leg strength, central obesity, and other measures of metabolic symptom. There were statistically significant between-group differences in favor of the Tai Chi group in depression (mean difference = −5.6 units, ), anxiety (−2.3 units, ), and stress (−3.6 units, ) symptom scores and leg strength (1.1 units, ) at 12 weeks. These changes were further improved or maintained in the Tai Chi group relative to the control group during the second 12 weeks of follow-up. Tai Chi appears to be beneficial for reducing severity of depression, anxiety, and stress and leg strength in centrally obese people with depression symptoms. More studies with longer follow-up are needed to confirm the findings. This trial is registered with ACTRN12613000010796.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article ID 879712

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