Participation Profile of Adults with Class III Obesity Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The purpose of this study was to describe the time use and associated perceptions of performance, importance, and enjoyment for adults in treatment for obesity classified as severe. Adults ( n = 128) from obesity treatment programs in Ontario, Canada, completed a survey that included the Occupational Questionnaire, a measure of the distribution and meaning of time use across occupations. Descriptive analysis and differences between groups based on obesity severity, age, and being limited by obesity were completed. Participants spent the most time in daily living activities and less time in work, recreation, and rest activities. Participants reported doing activities that they enjoy and perform well is important. The distribution of time across occupations for participants in this study is similar to that of adults living with chronic health conditions. No significant differences in time use and associated meaning were found between groups based on body mass index or being limited by obesity. More time was spent in work activities for participants aged 25 to 54 years. Obesity interventions that support participation in existing occupations and enable participation in recreation and rest occupations should be considered.

publication date

  • June 2011