'I can actually exercise if I want to; it isn't as hard as I thought': a qualitative study of the experiences and views of obese adolescents participating in an exercise therapy intervention

Daley, Amanda J., Copeland, Robert J., Wright, Neil P. and Wales, Jerry K. H. (2008) 'I can actually exercise if I want to; it isn't as hard as I thought': a qualitative study of the experiences and views of obese adolescents participating in an exercise therapy intervention. Journal of Health Psychology, 13 6: 810-819. doi:10.1177/1359105308093865


Author Daley, Amanda J.
Copeland, Robert J.
Wright, Neil P.
Wales, Jerry K. H.
Title 'I can actually exercise if I want to; it isn't as hard as I thought': a qualitative study of the experiences and views of obese adolescents participating in an exercise therapy intervention
Journal name Journal of Health Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1359-1053
1461-7277
Publication date 2008-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1359105308093865
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 13
Issue 6
Start page 810
End page 819
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract A qualitative study nested within a randomized controlled trial explored obese adolescents' experiences of participation in an exercise therapy intervention. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants assigned to exercise therapy. Participants' reported feeling more energetic during and after exercise, than before. Many participants reported feeling happy/happier and expressed feeling better about themselves as individuals after the intervention. Most participants felt more confident in their ability to exercise regularly. Greater emphasis needs to be placed upon educating obese adolescents about the wide range of health benefits that exercise can provide, and that weight loss, while important, is only one such benefit. Copyright
Keyword Adolescents
Exercise therapy
Health
Obesity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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