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Exercise and Lifestyle Therapy Improves Weight Maintenance in Young People With Psychosis: A Service Evaluation

Griffiths, Lisa ORCID:, Smith, Jo, Bold, Justine, Band, Marie, Bradley, Eleanor ORCID: and Hird-Smith, R. (2016) Exercise and Lifestyle Therapy Improves Weight Maintenance in Young People With Psychosis: A Service Evaluation. In: American College of Sports Medicine 63rd Annual Meeting, 1st - 4th June 2016, Boston, Massachusetts. (Unpublished)

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Young people with psychosis typically have higher rates of premature cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders compared to non-psychotic peers. This has been primarily due to a sedentary lifestyle, poor diet composition, misuse of harmful substances and higher rates of obesity and smoking. When prescribed obesogenic antipsychotic medication, a weight gain of >12 kg within 2 years is typical.

PURPOSE: To examine the benefits of a 12 wk exercise and lifestyle intervention entitled ‘Supporting Health and Promoting Exercise’ (SHAPE) for young people recently diagnosed with psychosis.

Participants (n=26; 8 females; mean age 27.7 ± 5.1) engaged in weekly 45’ education sessions on healthy lifestyle behaviors, including:
managing anxiety and depression,
mindfulness and relaxation training,
substance misuse,
smoking cessation,
healthy eating and nutritional advice,
dental and sexual health care.

This was followed by a 45’ exercise session including activities such as circuit and resistance training, yoga, and badminton, led by qualified exercise instructors.

Anthropometric data were measured at baseline, 12 wk and 12 month post-intervention. Lifestyle behaviors and clinical measurements, including resting heart rate, blood pressure, total cholesterol, triglycerides, HbA1c and prolactin, were assessed at baseline and 12 months post-intervention as part of their routine clinical care plan. Significant differences over time were assessed using Paired Sample t-tests.

SHAPE participants (n=26) presented with first episode psychosis (n=11), schizophrenia (n=11), bipolar disorder (n=2), at risk mental state (n=1), and persistent delusion disorder (n=1) of which 52% were prescribed highly obesogenic antipsychotic medications (Clozapine and Olanzepine).

Mean baseline data suggests participants were at an increased health risk due to elevated values in mean BMI (70% were overweight or obese), waist circumference, resting heart rate, and triglycerides (see Table 1 & 2). Over 50% reported smoking daily and 85% had elevated resting blood pressure (>120/80 mm Hg).

At 12 wk post-intervention, no changes were observed in mean BMI or waist circumference (see Table 1); 19 participants either maintained (mean 0.5 kg: range ± 2 kg) or decreased (mean -5.7 kg: range 2-7 kg) weight; 7 participants increased weight (mean 4.9 kg: range 2.0-9.6 kg).

At 12 month post-intervention (n=16), no change was evident in mean BMI, waist circumference, or any other clinical variable (see Table 2). Positive impacts on lifestyle behaviors included 7 participants eating ~400g of fruit/vegetables daily, 2 ceased substance use, 2 ceased alcohol use, 4 ceased smoking and 5 were less sedentary.

At the start of the programme, participants were already at an increased risk for cardiometabolic disorders. Findings suggest that SHAPE supported young people with psychosis to:

-attenuate their physical health risk following a 12 wk exercise and lifestyle intervention which were sustained at 12 months follow up.

-make positive lifestyle behavior changes leading to sustained improvements in weight maintenance and physical health.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Additional Information:

Abstract published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (ISSN 0195-9131) Issue: Volume 48(5S) Supplement 1, May 2016, p 382. DOI: 10.1249/01.mss.0000486156.63060.6d.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: exercise, weight maintenance, psychosis, lifestyle, young people, physical health
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Lisa Griffiths
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2016 15:46
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2021 04:00

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