Exercise for obese youth: Refocusing attention from weight loss to health gains

Gabriel Q. Shaibi, Justin R. Ryder, Joon Young Kim, Estela Barraza

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Despite evidence to the contrary, exercise interventions for obese youth target weight loss as a means of improving health. Using Exercise is Medicine® as a framework, we present a conceptual model for the beneficial effects of exercise independent of weight loss in obese youth and highlight novel biomarkers of cardiometabolic health that could prove useful as interventional targets for this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-47
Number of pages7
JournalExercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 3 2015
Externally publishedYes



  • cardiometabolic syndrome
  • exercise
  • insulin resistance
  • obesity
  • type 2 diabetes
  • weight management
  • youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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