Effects of an Obesity Control Program on Body Composition and Serum Lipid levels in Obese Elementary School Students

비만 관리 프로그램이 비만 아동의 체성분과 혈청지질에 미치는 영향

  • Choi, Soon-Nam (Department of Food and Nutrition, Sahmyook University) ;
  • Kim, Hyun-Jung (Department of Food and Nutrition, Sahmyook University) ;
  • Yun, Mi-Eun (Department of Food and Nutrition, Sahmyook University) ;
  • Lee, Sang-Up (Department of Food and Nutrition, Sahmyook University)
  • 최순남 (삼육대학교 식품영양학과) ;
  • 김현정 (삼육대학교 식품영양학과) ;
  • 윤미은 (삼육대학교 식품영양학과) ;
  • 이상업 (삼육대학교 식품영양학과)
  • Published : 2010.02.28


To elucidate the effects of an obesity control program on body composition and serum lipid levels, 31 obese elementary students (male: 25, female: 6) residing in the Gyeonggi area were evaluated and their body composition, serum total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and TG (triglyceride) were analyzed. The average age, height, weight and BMI (body mass index) were $11.52{\pm}1.00\;yrs$, $151.96{\pm}8.04\;cm$, $68.21{\pm}9.03\;kg$ and $29.40{\pm}1.79\;kg/m^2$ for the males, respectively, and $11.17{\pm}1.17\;yrs$, $147.83{\pm}5.15\;cm$, $65.05{\pm}10.86\;kg$ and $29.62{\pm}3.24\;kg/m^2$ for the females, respectively. There was a significant decrease in BMI for males (p<0.001) and females (p<0.05). There were also significant changes in all of the biochemical levels evaluated before and after the study. Specifically, the total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and TG level decreased after the obesity control program, while the HDL-cholesterol level increased after the program. These results indicate that obesity control programs do change the BMI, serum total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and TG levels in obese elementary students. Thus, obesity control programs are urgently needed to prevent degenerative disease and decrease obesity among children in elementary school.


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