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Spinal Clinic for Obese Out-Patient Project (SCOOP)—A 1 Year Report

Author(s): Samford Wong | Allison Graham | George Grimble | Alastair Forbes

Journal: Food and Nutrition Sciences
ISSN 2157-944X

Volume: 02;
Issue: 08;
Start page: 901;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Obesity | Malnutrition | Nutritional Intervention | Spinal Cord Injury

Patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) appear to be at higher risk of becoming overweight after their injury. This 12 month study aimed to assess the effectiveness of a dietitian-led clinic. Thirty-eight patients with chronic SCI with a body mass index (BMI) range of 26.4 - 46.4 kg/m2 were referred for three consultations over a three month period for dietetic advice covering nutrition, exercise and behaviour change. Body composition was estimated by anthropometric measurements of BMI, mid upper-arm circumference (MUAC), triceps-skinfold thickness (TSF), mid-arm muscle circumference (MAMC) and sitting blood pressure. Nineteen individuals completed the three month intervention. There were significant reductions in weight (kg: 103.1 v 97.8, P
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