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Relations of Mood and Exercise With Weight Loss in Formerly Sedentary Obese Women

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Objective : To assess relations of mood changes, exercise, and weight loss among formerly sedentary obese women (N76; Mean BMI36.6) reporting weight loss goals.

Methods : At baseline and month 6, participants completed the Profile of Mood States scales of depression, tension, and total mood disturbance and were assessed on attendance in exercise sessions and changes in weight.

Results : Significant positive correlations were found between weight changes and each mood factor at baseline (r.31 to .40) and changes from baseline to month 6 (r.41 to .47). Multiple regression analyses suggested exercise attendance and mood changes significantly contributed to explained variances in weight changes (R2.22 to .28).

Conclusions : Mood factors and incorporation of exercise may have implications for health behavior theory and weight loss treatments.

Keywords: exercise; mood; obesity treatment; physical activity; weight loss

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Director of Wellness Advancement, YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta, Atlanta, GA.

Publication date: 2008-11-01

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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