An intervention program aimed at helping obese women maintain their weight without adding pounds also significantly reduced depression in nearly half the participants, according to a new study from Duke University.
The study was conducted with 185 low-income black women ages 25-44, each with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 35, who were receiving primary care at five community health centers in central North Carolina.
The program used software built by Duke researchers that personalized a weight-gain prevention intervention called the Shape Program for each of the 91 women in one of two groups. The intervention group tracked behavioral goals (i.e., no fast food) each week for 12 months via automated phone calls. Each participant also had monthly calls with a personal health coach and some took advantage of a YMCA membership.
The other 94 participants were randomly placed in a control group that received usual care from their physicians.
At the start of the 12-month study, 19 percent of intervention participants and 21 percent of usual-care women reported moderate to severe depression.
But after 12 months, just 11 percent of intervention participants said they were still depressed, compared to 19 percent receiving usual care. At 18 months, 10 percent of the intervention group said they were depressed, while the usual-care group remained at 19 percent, according to the study.
These findings were not related to how well the women did in the weight management program nor whether they were taking depression medication.
“Interventions that focus on maintaining your weight, not just losing weight, may have more widespread effects,” said lead author Dori Steinberg, a research scholar with the Duke Digital Health Science Center. “It is exciting that we improved depression among a population that is severely socioeconomically disadvantaged and has limited access to depression treatment. The reductions we saw in depression are comparable to what is seen with traditional approaches like counseling or medication treatment.”
Depression Greater Among Women
The study, which appears online July 17 in the American Journal of Public Health, cites past research showing that women are twice as likely as men to suffer from depression, and more than one in seven black women will suffer major depression.
Compared with their white counterparts, black women with depression are less likely to receive treatment for it (39.7 percent vs. 54 percent), the study said. And among those who seek treatment, blacks are less likely than whites to receive care that corresponds to clinical practice guidelines, Steinberg noted. Moreover, depression is three times more common for those with incomes below the federal poverty level, according to the study.
Obesity is also more severe among black women relative to other racial/ethnic groups, which can lead to a higher prevalence of obesity-related chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, the study said.
Various studies have shown that black women find it more difficult to lose weight compared to other
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I won’t a body like this guy then maybe i can take my kids out swimming i
just do dumbbells 2 day on 1 day off 2 days on and so forth at the moment.
But the weight that i am using is only small about 20 kg. I need to invest
in bigger weight or go to the gym because the weight i have now just int
I’m not talking shit, I will probably never look like this in my life, but
he’s pretty small.
I need to make a
Shoulder workout video mine are pretty crazy sampler: 3 sets of 20 reps
with 30lbdumbbells 30 sec rest in between. 5 sets of 13 reps with 40lbs
(side laterals same for the 30s)
Then 10 sets of 20 reps with 10lb dumbbells
0 rest in between
10 sets of 10 while sitting down no test
15lbs dumbbells 10 sets of 10 all side laterals
Jeff, Guys, do you have similar intense workouts for other body parts?
I prefere short intense workouts than long normal ones (dont have much
Does Jeff has other vids like this?!
This is Crossfit, and the exact opposite of overloading. Jeff have been
influenced by hippe people no doubt about it.
Its all about that final push towards the last few reps. No pain no gain
With so many reps, isn’t this just building endurance instead of building
muscle? I thought Hypertrophy happened the most between 8-12 reps when you
cannot do more than 12?
Jeff, what about all those articles on actors spending the whole day in the
gym preparing for their roles? eg. Cavill for Superman, Jackman for
This is the best way to create a dysfunctional body. Recommended reps per
major muscle group in a workout WEEK are somewhere around 60-70, this guy
doubles it. Keep doing this for half a year, and you’ll be suffering from
a plethora of shoulder problems. I’ll be amazed if he can even raise his
hands to shoulder height after doing this for half a year or so.
Quality gains , you can’t help but be impressed by this guys physique.
I’m still fairly new to training like an athlete, so forgive my ignorance.
Does this full set hit all 3 heads of the deltoid? I ca surely see the
front and mid getting a good workout. But I didn’t see too much
concentration on the real delt. Again, I am probably missing something.
Please cure my ignorance.
I’m going to say he weighs no more than 150 maybe 160…he doesn’t look
tall and I don’t see any fat, he’s a small guy but shredded.
I’m confused, I get that maybe for beginners this would build muscle. Or
people that are stuck or plateauing. But isn’t hypertrophy training
purposefully set at 8-12 reps because it is optimal for muscle gain.
Anything above 12 is more for endurance. ….this is well above 12 so I’m
not sure what to make of it lol.
Could someone explain this to me? :o
Jeff u should do a serratus video next. i feel like i see mine but cant
tell if they are just my ribs lol
I bet you he has more strength than most body builders.
Any toning tips?
>>>High Speed! Let’s do this!<<<
Just did the figure eights with my 30 lbs dumbbell–great tension on the
damn you arien
My warm-up would be about 15 minutes before starting this workout.