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Developing a Personalized Integrative Obesity-Coaching Program: A Systems Health Perspective

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Department of Preventive Rehabilitation, Vogellanden Center of Rehabilitation Medicine & Special Dentistry, 8001 BB Zwolle, The Netherlands
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Department Microbiology and Systems Biology, The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), 3700 AJ Zeist, The Netherlands
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Staff Office Education and Research, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, 9747 AS Groningen, The Netherlands
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Department of Nutrition and Health, Louis Bolk Institute, 3981 AJ Bunnik, The Netherlands
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Academic Editors: Wubshet Tesfaye, Alemayehu B. Mekonnen and Woldesellassie M. Bezabhe
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(2), 882; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19020882
Received: 28 October 2021 / Revised: 30 December 2021 / Accepted: 5 January 2022 / Published: 13 January 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Primary Health Care)
Current obesity management strategies are failing to achieve sustainable and favorable long-term results. We propose a more personalized, dynamic, and systemic perspective on the interactions of key determinants and coaching advice on obesity. The aim of this study was to use a systems view on overweight, complexity science, and a transdisciplinary process to develop a five-year personalized integrative obesity-coaching and research program. Managers, medical specialists, clinical psychologists, dieticians, physical- and psychomotor therapists, and lifestyle coaches aligned their perspectives and objectives with experts in systems thinking and systems biology. A systems health model of obesity was used to identify the causal relations of variables with the most influence on obesity. The model helped to align and design a personalized integrative obesity-coaching program and to identify the key variables to monitor the progress and to adjust the personalized program, depending on the goals and needs of the participant. It was decided to use subtyping of participants by a systems biologist, based on traditional Chinese medicine symptoms, as a novel method to personalize the intervention. The collaborative transdisciplinary approach based upon a systems view on obesity was successful in developing a personalized and adaptive five-year obesity-coaching and research program. View Full-Text
Keywords: obesity; systems thinking; personalized integrative coaching program; collaborative transdisciplinary approach obesity; systems thinking; personalized integrative coaching program; collaborative transdisciplinary approach
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Brink, S.M.; Wortelboer, H.M.; Emmelot, C.H.; Visscher, T.L.S.; van Wietmarschen, H.A. Developing a Personalized Integrative Obesity-Coaching Program: A Systems Health Perspective. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 882. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19020882

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Brink SM, Wortelboer HM, Emmelot CH, Visscher TLS, van Wietmarschen HA. Developing a Personalized Integrative Obesity-Coaching Program: A Systems Health Perspective. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(2):882. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19020882

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Brink, Sander M., Heleen M. Wortelboer, Cornelis H. Emmelot, Tommy L. S. Visscher, and Herman A. van Wietmarschen. 2022. "Developing a Personalized Integrative Obesity-Coaching Program: A Systems Health Perspective" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 2: 882. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19020882

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