Psychosomatic effect of a health program on obese employees

M. Irie, N. Mishima, S. Nagata, E. Himeno, H. Nanri, M. Ikeda, T. Komatu, T. Nishino

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A 12-week training period including exercise and diet was undertaken to determine the effects of a newly developed health program on the physical and phychological parameters in 24 obese employees of a certain company. The association between a number of somatic parameters and psychological variables, including the attitude toward better health, and the level of mental health (General Health Questionnaire) were analysed before, immediately or 1 year after the program. After the program, significant overall improvements were found in several physical parameters. Those who had higher initial levels of attitudes toward better health showed greater exercising/dieting achievements during the program. Furthermore, these considerable health-related attitudes seemed to be concerned with higher HDL levels preceding the program, and minor improvements in diastolic blood pressure due to the program. The GHQ scores tended to increase in proportion to decreased exercising/dieting achievements during the program and undesirable lifestyle that ignored any form of exercising.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-16
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Occupational Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 22 1996
Externally publishedYes


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Irie, M., Mishima, N., Nagata, S., Himeno, E., Nanri, H., Ikeda, M., ... Nishino, T. (1996). Psychosomatic effect of a health program on obese employees. Journal of Occupational Health, 38(1), 11-16.