Friday, September 3, 2010

Using Dance as an Adolescent Weight Loss Tool

Bariatric surgery continues to gain popularity as a way to fight morbid obesity. The complication rate for the surgery is decreasing and the surgery appears to lessen the symptoms of diabetes in some obese persons. And as the obesity rate rises among adolescents, the surgery could be seen as a way to fight adolescent obesity. However, less drastic approaches to adolescent obesity should be improved and employed before resorting to bariatric surgery. Perhaps, culturally specific dance could be a more viable intervention than bariatric surgery.

In Mumbai, India, more and more adolescents are having bariatric surgery done as the obesity rates rise. Although bariatric surgery is probably the most effective form of weight loss, the surgery does have some drawbacks — especially forms of gastric bypass surgery. For example, an adolescent who has had gastric bypass surgery will never be able to eat normal meals without experiencing problems, the operation is not viewed as reversible, and without a good diet, weight might be regained.

Because adolescent obesity is increasing, bariatric surgery as an approach to childhood obesity could spread to other countries. However, adolescents have always been seduced by dance, so why not refine the dance intervention weight loss approach by making it pertinent to specific adolescent groups to maintain participant interest long term. That way, dance could possibly be effective in weight loss.

For example, a study done by C.J. Murrock and others at Case Western Reserve University indicated that culturally specific dance can be useful in weight loss. A community based partnership was formed with two churches within the African American community, a community hit hard by obesity. The participants danced to Gospel music. So the dance intervention was culturally specific, using an element that the participants were accustomed to. And dance, as an intervention, was effective in enabling the participants to use weight.

Dance, as a way to lose weight, is already an accepted weight loss method. And making the dance culturally specific could improve the effectiveness of the dance intervention. Bariatric practitioners could work with community groups to organize programs that encourage regular dance among adolescents.

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Blogger mintradz said...

I believe this would be one of the best weight loss tool. I was preparing for the presentation with my office-mate this coming Christmas party, this Wednesday. Me and one of my co-fat-mate enjoy this kind of exercise rather than jogging, walking, and killing ourselves not to eat for a quite long time. Phoenix bariatric surgeons once told that, this kind of work out really works for us. It is great for losing weight and improving stamina for morbidly obese people.

December 21, 2010 at 1:23 AM  

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