'I can actually exercise if I want to; it isn't as hard as I thought': a qualitative study of the experiences and views of obese adolescents participating in an exercise therapy intervention

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A qualitative study nested within a randomized controlled trial explored obese adolescents' experiences of participation in an exercise therapy intervention. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants assigned to exercise therapy. Participants' reported feeling more energetic during and after exercise, than before. Many participants reported feeling happy/happier and expressed feeling better about themselves as individuals after the intervention. Most participants felt more confident in their ability to exercise regularly. Greater emphasis needs to be placed upon educating obese adolescents about the wide range of health benefits that exercise can provide, and that weight loss, while important, is only one such benefit.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)810-9
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2008