Movement Heals: Exploring the intersection of dance, science, and medicine in childhood obesity
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With societal trends promoting poor nutrition and decreased activity, the prevalence of obesity in the United States has increased at an alarming rate within the past two decades, particularly in children and adolescents (Nemet, 2005). Obese children have many physical health issues (e.g. high cholesterol and blood pressure), which put them at risk for other leading causes of death, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. In addition to physical consequences, obese children also often suffer from psychological effects such as low self-esteem, negative body image, and depression (Marcus, 2013). Many studies have validated the efficacy of dance and dance therapy in treating the physical and psychosocial issues associated with other chronic illnesses (e.g. cancer, mental illness, psychosomatic disorder). However, few studies have assessed the impact of dance interventions in obese patients who experience many of the same physical and psychological issues. The goal of my Senior Distinction Project was examine if dance classes could positively affect aspects of physical and psychosocial health for children with obesity. I worked with Bull City Fit, a community-based wellness program that seeks to address weight-related health problems for children. My thesis paper details the conception, development, and implementation of my intervention as well as a reflection on the outcomes and insights gained throughout the process.
CitationPham, Rebecca (2014). Movement Heals: Exploring the intersection of dance, science, and medicine in childhood obesity. Honors thesis, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/9260.
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