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Effectiveness of Physical-Activity-Based Interventions Targeting Overweight and Obesity among University Students—A Systematic Review

Pfisterer, Julia 1; Rausch, Constantin 1; Wohlfarth, Doreen 1; Bachert, Philip 1; Jekauc, Darko 1; Wunsch, Kathrin 1
1 Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Overweight and obesity, including their prevalence and consequences, reflect a leading public health problem. Studies have already shown that physical activity leads to a reduction in body weight in children and adults. However, the university setting has rarely been investigated. The aim of this review is, therefore, to examine and summarize the effectiveness of physical-activity-based interventions to reduce obesity and overweight in university students. Three databases (PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Science) were searched for relevant studies published in English between January 2010 and February 2022. Quantitative studies conducting a physical-activity-based intervention with overweight or obese university students and reporting changes in BMI were included. Data were described in a narrative synthesis. Out of 16 included studies, 11 reported a significant reduction in BMI. However, all studies except one were able to demonstrate some BMI improvements, whereas all studies reported significant changes in at least one health-related indicator. Aerobic exercises were able to demonstrate the greatest reductions in BMI. This review is the first systematic presentation on the effectiveness of physical-activity-based interventions in overweight and obese university students. ... mehr

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000150218
Veröffentlicht am 30.08.2022
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19159427
Zitationen: 4
Web of Science
Zitationen: 2
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2022
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1660-4601
KITopen-ID: 1000150218
Erschienen in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Verlag MDPI
Band 19
Heft 15
Seiten Art.Nr. 9427
Bemerkung zur Veröffentlichung Gefördert durch den KIT-Publikationsfonds
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 01.08.2022
Schlagwörter physical-activity-based interventions; overweight; obesity; BMI; change; university students; tertiary education; review
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