239884 Effect of learning Yan Xin Qigong (YXQ) on modifying diet behavior and weight loss an evidence-based study

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 10:30 AM

Xin Yan , The Chongqing Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chongqing, China
Hua Shen , New Medical Science Research Institute, New York, NY
Yuhong Yang, PhD , School of Statistics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Hsiaowen C. Huang , Harvard University, Boston, MA
Jianyuan Wang , Javelin Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Chestnut Hill, MA
Shuyi Hua , Qwest Communications International, Inc, Superior, CO
Saling Huang , KAI Pharmaceuticals, Inc, South San Francisco, CA
Peihua Ni , New England Traditional Chinese Medical & Health Culture Study Institute, Avon, CT
Jun Wang, PhD , New Medical Science Research Institute, New York, NY
Chunling Lu, PhD , Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Introduction: Abundant evidence has shown that diet is one of the most important determinants of healthy weight. Previous studies suggested that learning Yan Xin Qigong (YXQ) may lead to the improvement of body weight. Qigong is the foundation and an important component of Traditional Chinese Medicine and traditional Chinese technologies to promoting and preserving health. Qigong has been widely used in medicine and in promoting health in China and is regulated under official administration. YXQ was recommended to the public as a safe and effective Qigong method by the agencies of the Chinese government in1990s. Method: Using survey data collected among those who were learning YXQ in 1998 and 2001 in North America, we conduct a systematic and quantitative analysis on the effect of learning Yan Xin Qigong on weight loss and diet behavior among sampled population. The 1998 and 2001 surveys collected self-reported information on height, weight, health status, socio-demographic characteristics, and diet behavior variables before and after learning YXQ. A descriptive analysis of the change of weight and diet before and after learning YXQ is provided. Regression models are used to identify YXQ's effects on and the association between weight loss and diet change. Results: The analysis shows that, the impact of learning YXQ on weight and diet change for the sampled population is significant. The participants tended to have a healthier diet with reduced amount naturally and a better BMI after learning YXQ.

Conclusion: Future studies are needed to further identify the great potential of YXQ in improving weight and diet behavior.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
(1) To demonstrate the effect of YXQ on improving weight and diet behavior. (2) To analyze YXQs dietary effects on weight loss for over-weighted population.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

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Any relevant financial relationships? No

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