Exercise Boosts Obese Teens’ Mental Health

Read this article by clicking here; extracted from Medscape News, published on October 5, 2012 — Overweight or obese adolescents who engage in a modest amount of aerobic exercise — about 2 hours per week — at moderate intensity are apt to feel better about themselves, even in the absence of weight loss or changes in body fat, a new study suggests.

The study was published online September 30 in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

The study was funded by the Canadian Diabetes Association and the CHEO Research Institute. The authors have disclosursed no relevant financial relationships.

“In fact, improved aerobic fitness from the exercise was a much better predictor of psychosocial benefits than weight loss or reductions in body fat,” said Gary Goldfield, PhD, clinical scientist with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity (HALO) Research Group at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute in Ottawa, Canada.

Authors and Disclosures


Megan Brooks

Megan Brooks is a freelance writer for Medscape Medical News.

Hypnotherapy can become a powerful tool in order to increase motivation for doing exercise as well as self esteem, both in young people and adults.  Rehearse positive statements about yourself and the world around you in a hypnotic state, making them sink in this way faster into your subconscious mind. Visualise an imaginary near future where your goals have been achieved in a hypnotic state, experience the positive feelings associated with that imaginary and build the appropriate motivation to help you keep your exercise routines up.



About Anna Pons

Certificat (CPPD), Post Graduat Certificat (PGCert) i Post Graduat Diploma (PGD) en Hipnoteràpia Clínica, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) i Universitat de West London (UWL)
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