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Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Health Sciences


Jeremy D. Akers

Elizabeth S. Edwards

David L. Wenos


Strong links have been recognized between sedentary time, higher BMI, and waist circumference among post-operative bariatric surgery patients. The time-efficient aspects of the High Intensity Interval Training show a significant influence in creating a habitual strategic exercise for fighting obesity and controlling compensatory components. Ten post-operative bariatric participants (9 females, 1 male) with BMI of 33.65 ± 2.90 kg/m2, undergoing a 12-week Vigorous Intensity Interval Training (VIIT) program, were assessed for the compensatory mechanisms of sedentary behavior and caloric intake. Participants were evaluated through 4-day food intake records and ActivPal accelerometers, assessed using Nutrition Data System for Research and PAL Software, respectively. Post-operative bariatric participants completing a 12-week VIIT did not significantly increase sedentary behavior (111.9 ± 6.9 vs. 115.5 ± 13.1, p > .05) or caloric intake (1546.8 ± 608.1 vs. 1405.3 ± 525.4, p > .05), and were able to maintain their baseline weight (195.1 ± 54.5 vs. 195.8 ± 55, p > .05). VIIT may be an effective exercise modality to decrease unwanted compensatory behaviors and assist with long-term weight loss maintenance.



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