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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of lifestyle education and combined exercise training on body composition and physical fitness in obese children. The subjects, who were composed of obese boys(n=20) and girls(n=18) were voluntarily invited to participate in a 12-week intervention program, which was consisted of an aerobic and resistance combined exercise with a duration of 30-50 minutes and a frequency of 3 times per week and a lifestyle education(LSE) with a frequency of once a week. Group(2) and Trail(2) analyses using two-way ANOVA with repeated measure showed that 1) the intervention program resulted in significant improvements in height, weight, percent body fat, and BMI in both boys and girls. 2) the intervention program also resulted in significant improvements in physical fitness including grip strength, side step, sit-standing, one foot standing, and sit-up in both boys and girls. In addition, there were significant sex differences in BMI, WHR, and grip strength. In conclusion, the findings of the current study suggest that the intervention program consisting of combined exercise and LSE can be used as an non-pharmacologic means of improving body fatness and physical fitness in obese children.


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of lifestyle education and combined exercise training on body composition and physical fitness in obese children. The subjects, who were composed of obese boys(n=20) and girls(n=18) were voluntarily invited to participate in a 12-week intervention program, which was consisted of an aerobic and resistance combined exercise with a duration of 30-50 minutes and a frequency of 3 times per week and a lifestyle education(LSE) with a frequency of once a week. Group(2) and Trail(2) analyses using two-way ANOVA with repeated measure showed that 1) the intervention program resulted in significant improvements in height, weight, percent body fat, and BMI in both boys and girls. 2) the intervention program also resulted in significant improvements in physical fitness including grip strength, side step, sit-standing, one foot standing, and sit-up in both boys and girls. In addition, there were significant sex differences in BMI, WHR, and grip strength. In conclusion, the findings of the current study suggest that the intervention program consisting of combined exercise and LSE can be used as an non-pharmacologic means of improving body fatness and physical fitness in obese children.