Obesity and pulmonary function in polio survivors

Soo Jeong Han, Jae Young Lim, Jee Hyun Suh

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Objective: To examine the correlation between obesity and pulmonary function in polio survivors. Methods: This study was conducted based on a questionnaire survey and physical examination. The questionnaire included gender, age, paralyzed regions, physical activity levels, and accompanying diseases.The physical examination included measuring body mass index, waist circumference, muscle power, totalfat amount, body fat percentage, and lean body mass. In addition, pulmonary function was tested basedon forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1), ratio of FEV1 to FVC,andchest circumference. Five university hospitals and a local health clinic participated in this study. Results: Pearson and partial correlation coefficients that used data collected from 73 polio survivorsshowed that obesity had a negative correlation with pulmonary function. Conclusion: This study found that pulmonary function has a negative correlation with obesity for poliosurvivors. Therefore, it is necessary to develop specialized exercise programs to help polio survivors reduce their weight and strengthen their respiratory muscles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)888-896
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of Rehabilitation Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2015

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  • Obesity
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Pulmonary function


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