Jo Ann Krause

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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Physical Education


Leaders in the field of physical education constantly urge that programs of physical education be based on the needs of all students. Educators have the professional obligation to develop special programs to meet the unique requirements of the individual. One individualized program is for the overweight and the complications both physical and emotional which result from it should be of immediate concern in the planning of the physical education curriculum. However, there is evidence that the best interests of the overweight student have for the most part been overlooked, Programs to combat overweight should be constructed to include physical exercise and information on caloric intake which should in turn result in weight loss and improvement of self-concept. Numerous studies have shown that overweight is one of the most common causes of premature death ln the United States. It is common knowledge that overweight results when the caloric intake exceeds the energy expenditure. The need for physical exercise as well as the regulation of caloric intake in reducing fat has been well established Caloric intake may be reduced by the use of an appetite suppressant tablet as advertised by pharmaceutical companies. The writer became concerned with overweight young women who are generally believed to be overweight due to excessive food intake and the lack of energy expenditure; that is, overeating and/or inactivity. This concern centered on the response of the overweight female to strenuous exercise, appetite suppressant tablet, and a combination of both on select anthropometric measurements and cardio-respiratory efficiency. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a progressive program of jogging, use of an appetite suppressant tablet to reduce the appetite drive, and a combination of both on selected anthropometric measurements and cardio-respiratory efficiency of overweight women at South Dakota State University.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Obesity -- Psychological aspects
Weight loss preparations



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South Dakota State University