Co-Active Life Coaching as a Treatment for Adults with Obesity.

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Co-Active Life Coaching as a Treatment for Adults with Obesity.

International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring Vol. 6 No. 2 August 2008


This study evaluates the impact of one-on-one coaching on the waist circumference BMI self-esteem self-efficacy physical activity and functional health status of adults with obesity.  A one-group within-subjects pre-test post-test study design was used.  The study took place at the University of Western Ontario from June-October 2007.   A total of 20 men and women aged 35-55 with a BMI  ? 30 participated in the study. Each engaged in six to eight 35-minute sessions with a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach during which they explored desired changes and how to achieve them.   Paired t-tests were used to analyse the pre- and post-quantitative data and inductive content analysis was used to assess the qualitative interviews. Significant decreases in waist circumference and increases in self-esteem and functional health status were found. Qualitatively participants reported an increase in daily physical activity and healthier dietary choices feelings of optimism and greater self-acceptance. Thus life coaching shows promise as an obesity intervention although more research is needed.

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