BS in Kinesiology
A case study of an obese 14-year-old female was conducted to assess her body weight and dietary and physical activity habits. The purpose of this study was to promote weight loss through improved dietary practices and an increase in energy expenditure. This was done by monitoring and altering caloric intake and engaging in regular, vigorous physical activity. Furthermore, the subject increased health-related knowledge, developed new skills, and ultimately attempted behavior modification. From April to September 2009, the subject participated in a minimum of two supervised exercise sessions per week to increase her energy expenditure and to teach her strategies for exercising independently on a regular basis. Further, she was given personalized dietary strategies to promote weight loss and healthy weight management. Anthropometric, cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and resting metabolic rate assessments were conducted at regular intervals. Baseline assessments were performed in early April, and mid-program measurements were taken in early June. Post-testing was conducted in September to evaluate the subject’s final measurements and assess her ability to maintain healthy habits, while transitioning from a more structured schedule during the school year to one with more leisure time during her summer break. The subject increased health behaviors from baseline to mid-program testing, but regressed between mid- and post-program assessments. Results reflected these patterns.