The Effect of a Weight Control Program on Decreasing Body Weight for Obese Chronic Psychotic Patients

Friday, 16 July 2010: 8:50 AM

Tsai-Yin Chen
Department of Psychiatric Ward, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan

Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to more understand how Seriousness of the problem to help obese chronic psychotic patients to control their body weight.

Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to learn how to help obese chronic psychotic patients to control their body weight.

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of 10-week weight control program, taking exercise training, diet education and behavior modification intervention on the BMI, percentage of body fat, waist  circumference, dietary behavior, dietary cognition of obese Chronic Psychotic Patients.
The design of the study was quasi-experimental using a purposing sampling in a district teaching hospital recovery ward, the patients who fit the criteria of this study were assigned to the study. According to the diagnosis, use antipsychotic medications, gender, the patients were stratified randomly sampling divided into experiment group or control group. Each group had 30 participants. Weight control program intervention in the experimental group included exercise training, diet education and behavior modification. However, no any interventions were taken for the control group. Collected data were analyzed by descriptive statistics, independent t-test, and paired t-test. The significant level was α
.05. No statistic significant differences were showed on demographics and disease characteristics between experimental group and control group.
The result indicated that after 10-week Weight Control Program intervention, the amount of the experiment group showed significant difference between pre- and postexperiment (p
<.05). The conclusion of this study showed that 10-week weight control program intervention improved the obese Chronic Psychotic Patients’BMI, percentage of body fat, waist circumference, dietary behavior, dietary cognition.