Effects of dietary intervention and strength training on blood lipid level in obese children
- 1Department of Paediatrics, Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
- 2Department of Dietetics, Prince of Wales Hospital
- 3Department of Physiotherapy, Prince of Wales Hospital
- 4Department of Medicine, Prince of Wales Hospital
- 5Department of Chemical Pathology, Prince of Wales Hospital
- Correspondence to:
Dr R Y T Sung, Department of Paediatrics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 6/F., Clinical Science Building, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong;
- Accepted 12 February 2002
Aims: To evaluate effects of a low energy diet, with or without strength training, on blood lipid profile in obese children.
Methods: Eighty two obese children were enrolled into a six week dietary programme, and were randomly allocated to a training group or a non-training group. The training group underwent regular exercise sessions with emphasis on strength training.
Results: Height increased significantly, with a non-significant reduction in body mass index. Fat free mass increased significantly in the training group. Serum total cholesterol was significantly reduced in both groups. The LDL:HDL ratio significantly decreased in the training group.
Conclusion: Results support the potentially beneficial effects of both diet and physical training. Further and longer term evaluation of such programmes is required.
- 10-RM, 10 repetition maximum
- LDL, low density lipoprotein
- HDL, high desity lipoprotein
- TC, total cholesterol