The Effects of Tai Chi in Centrally Obese Adults with Depression
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February 19, 2015 -
Researchers from University of Queensland, Australia,
examined the effects of Tai Chi, a low-impact mind-body movement therapy, on
severity of depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms in centrally obese people
with elevated depression symptoms. In total, 213 participants were randomized to
a 24-week Tai Chi intervention program or a wait-list control group. Assessments
were conducted at baseline and 12 and 24 weeks. Outcomes were severity of
depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms, leg strength, central obesity, and
other measures of metabolic symptom.
There were statistically significant between-group
differences in favor of the Tai Chi group in depression, anxiety, and stress
symptom scores and leg strength at 12 weeks. These changes were further improved
or maintained in the Tai Chi group relative to the control group during the
second 12 weeks of follow-up.
Tai Chi appears to be beneficial for reducing severity
of depression, anxiety, and stress and leg strength in centrally obese people
with depression symptoms. More studies with longer follow-up are needed to
confirm the findings.
Their findings are published in the January 2015 issue of
Evidence-based complementary and