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Relationship between gender and motivational aspects in obese adults to exercise in gyms

Advances in Obesity, Weight Management & Control
Júlio César Chaves Nunes Filho,1 José Herberson Paula Batista,2 Luís Felipe Viana Correia,3 Robson Salviano De Matos,1 Prodamy da Silva Pacheco Neto,4 Marilia Porto Oliveira Nunes3

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The present dissertation aims at identifying the main reasons that influence the turnover of overweight and obesity in the fitness facility. The sample consisted of 50 individuals with body mass index (BMI) of 24.99 kg/m², of both sexes, aged at least 18 years. To perform the data collection was a structured questionnaire containing five closed questions. Among the findings had an average BMI of 31.6 kg/m². When asked about the main reason for the practice gym, 70% of respondents have said aesthetics as a priority health being in second place with 28% .The distance (48%) and the motivation of the classes (36%) were the most considered reasons positively at the gym to change, as the price and the environment were the least considered by the whole group. When used chi-square test was not detect any significant difference between the sexes and turnover reasons. However, when considered two  age  groups,  young  adults  (20-39  years)  and  middle-aged  (40-59  years)  was  found  significance p = 0.05, where the younger value adjustment to the teacher as a reason for stay in the gym. It can be concluded that aesthetics is the main purpose for which demand is a gym for exercise, especially among women. The distance and the adaptation to the teacher were the most cited reasons to change the gym, but no significance when comparing the sexes, different from that found (p = 0.05) for younger adapting to the teacher as a reason for turnover.


exercise, overweight, obesity, motivation, eating disorder, physical inactivity