Effects of psychosocial intervention on obesity and metabolic syndrome

Núria Mallorquí-Bagué et al

This study examines if overweight/obesity are related to higher impulsivity, food addiction and depressive symptoms, and if these variables could be modified after 1 year of a multimodal intervention (diet, physical activity, psychosocial support). 342 adults (55–75 years) with overweight/obesity and metabolic syndrome (MetS) from the PREDIMED-Plus Cognition study were randomized to the intervention or to the control group (lifestyle recommendations). Cognitive and psychopathological assessments were performed at baseline and after 1-year follow-up. At baseline, higher impulsivity was linked to higher food addiction and depressive symptoms, but not to body mass index (BMI). Food addiction not only predicted higher BMI and depressive symptoms, but also achieved a mediational role between impulsivity and BMI/depressive symptoms. After 1 year, patients in both groups reported significant decreases in BMI, food addiction and impulsivity. BMI reduction and impulsivity improvements were higher in the intervention group. Higher BMI decrease was achieved in individuals with lower impulsivity. Higher scores in food addiction were also related to greater post-treatment impulsivity. To conclude, overweight/obesity are related to higher impulsivity, food addiction and depressive symptoms in mid/old age individuals with MetS. Our results also highlight the modifiable nature of the studied variables and the interest of promoting multimodal interventions within this population.

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Title: Effects of a psychosocial intervention at one-year follow-up in a PREDIMED-plus sample with obesity and metabolic syndrome

Authors:  Núria Mallorquí-Bagué, María Lozano-Madrid, Cristina Vintró-Alcaraz, Laura Forcano, Andrés Díaz-López, Ana Galera, Rebeca Fernández-Carrión, Roser Granero, Susana Jiménez-Murcia, Dolores Corella, Xavier Pintó, Aida Cuenca-Royo, Mònica Bulló, Jordi Salas-Salvadó, Rafael de la Torre & Fernando Fernández-Aranda

Journal: scientific reports;

Year: 2021

Url: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-88298-1