The Effect of Muscle Strength Training on Body Composition and Sarcopenic Obesity among the Female Overweight Elderly

Project: A - Government Institutionb - National Science and Technology Council

Project Details


In recent years, more studies emphasis on sarcopenic obesity, mainly because it is difficult to improve and may lead to many side effects. Among senile obesity, the prevalence of sarcopenic obesity are relatively high. However, the studies which focused on the elderly is less not only because it's more difficult for the elderly to participate in this kind of study but also because they response for higher study risk. Strength exercise is the most important exercise mode for the elderly. However, the execution of muscle strength training on the elderly is difficult so that researches on this topic are still lack in Taiwan. Whether the muscle strength training is suitable for the elderly in our country or not still needs further research. This project will collect literature and convene a meeting of experts, design the elderly muscle strength training prescription model and perform the pilot intervention in the first year; in the second and three-year, our project plan to collect 100 female cases with age over 65 and BMI> 24, and divided them into two groups, 50 participants in each group. Prescription of exercise for the study and control group will be given dividedly by a physiatrist. The effect of weight loss and changes in body composition will be monitored before intervention and three months later. After 6 months of follow up , the effect of weight loss and life satisfaction will be also tracked. In the future, we hope the results of our study would provide a better understanding of sarcopenic obesity and become an important reference of muscle strengh training guideline for the elderly female.
Effective start/end date8/1/157/31/16


  • sarcopenia
  • obesity
  • muscle strength training
  • elderly


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