Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 1–11

Adherence to structured physical exercise in overweight and obese subjects: A review of psychological models

Authors

  • W. Castellani
    • U.O. di Fisiopatologia RespiratoriaUniversità degli Studi di Firenze
  • L. Ianni
    • U.O. di Fisiopatologia RespiratoriaUniversità degli Studi di Firenze
    • U.O. di Psichiatria, Dipartimento Scienze Neurologiche e PsichiatricheUniversità degli Studi di Firenze
  • E. Mannucci
    • Sezione Malattie del Metabolismo e Diabetologia, U.O. Endocrinologia, Dipartimento di Fisiopatologia ClinicaUniversità degli Studi di Firenze
  • C. M. Rotella
    • Sezione Malattie del Metabolismo e Diabetologia, U.O. Endocrinologia, Dipartimento di Fisiopatologia ClinicaUniversità degli Studi di Firenze
Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF03324983

Cite this article as:
Castellani, W., Ianni, L., Ricca, V. et al. Eat Weight Disord (2003) 8: 1. doi:10.1007/BF03324983

Abstract

Regular physical exercise is a widely accepted means of reducing mortality and improving a number of health outcomes, which is also efficacious in the treatment of obesity. Unfortunately, despite the evidence of favourable short- and long-term effects, the results seem to be affected by a lack of adherence, particularly over the long term. It is very important to evaluate and predict good adherence in order to be able to assess the real efficacy of physical activity in the treatment of various diseases. In this paper, we describe most of the psychological models used to evaluate such adherence, and investigate the physiological and psychological bases of physical activity, the most suitable type of exercise for obese patients and some useful strategies for ensuring long-term adherence.

Key words

Adherenceexerciseobesityphysical activitypsychological models

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© Editrice Kurtis 2003