Journal of Obesity & Metabolic Syndrome



Korean J Obes 2005; 14(3): 149-154

Published online July 1, 2005

Copyright © Korean Society for the Study of Obesity.

Effect of Weight Reduction after Group Therapy on the Quality of Life of Patients with Obesity

Joon Gu Kang, Chang Beom Lee, Hye Soon Lee, Sang Cheol Bae, Woong Hwan Choi

Department of Internal Medicine Hanyang University Seoul, Korea


Background: This study was to exam the effect of weigh reduction after group therapy on the quality of life of patients with obesity.
Method: The participants of this study were 9 women with obesity who visitied the Hanyang University Hospital Obesity Clinic. Data were collected for 2 years from 2003 to 2004. Weight, height, abdominal circumference, and BMI were measured before and after group therapy which consisted of medical and behavior therapy. And also KSF-36 (Korean Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short Form) was used as a Health-related quality of life instrument.
Results: In use of KSF-36, Global score before and after treatment showed no significant change (49.43 ± 5.25 (38.8~56.4) vs 57.62 ± 8.10 (50.3~65.8)) but bodily pain (36.25 ± 21.34 (30~70) vs 33.75 ± 13.03 (20~50), P < 0.05) and mental health (47.50 ± 20.33 (16~84) vs 62.00 ± 10.69 (48~80), P < 0.05) showed significant changes.
Conclusions: According to the result of this study, in group therapy of patients with obesity, weigh reduction improved the quality of life.

Keywords: Group therapy, Obesity, Quality of life