Exercise Testing Reveals Everyday Physical Challenges of Bariatric Surgery Candidates

Few studies have quantified cardiorespiratory fitness among individuals seeking bariatric surgery. Treadmill testing allows researchers to determine exercise capacity through metabolic equivalents (METs). These findings can assist clinicians in understanding patients’ capabilities to carry out various activities of daily living. The purpose of this study was to determine exercise tolerance, and the variables associated with fitness, among individuals seeking bariatric surgery.

Bariatric surgery candidates completed submaximal treadmill testing and provided ratings of perceived exertion. Each participant also completed questionnaires related to history of exercise, mood, and perceived barriers/benefits of exercise.

Over half of participants reported exercise was “hard to very hard” before reaching 70% of heart rate reserve and one-third reported exercise was “moderately hard” at less than 3 METs (light activity). BMI and age accounted for the majority of the variance in exercise tolerance but athletic history, employment status, and perceived health benefits also contributed. Perceived benefit scores were higher than barrier scores.

Categories commonly used to describe moderate intensity exercise (3-6 METs) do not coincide with perceptions of intensity among many bariatric surgery candidates, especially those with a BMI of 50 or greater.

Autor / Fonte:David B Creel, Leslie M Schuh, Robert L Newton, Joseph J Stote, Brenda M Cacucci Journal of Physical Activity & Health 2017 July 6, : 1-24
Link: http://journals.humankinetics.com/doi/10.1123/jpah.2017-0128