•Active rehabilitation improved physical and
•Program resulted in long-term lifestyle
•The Be Inspired Foundation model of care is
able to support individuals with complex
conditions who lack access to health services.
Active Rehabilitation Improves Function and Health of a Morbidly Obese
15 Year Old Boy: A Case Study of Treatment Provided by the Be Inspired
Gregory Levin 1Darren Webb 1Rebecca Kidd 1, Shane Johnstone 1
1Be Inspired Foundation, Perth, WA
Building lifelong independence
W: beinspiredfoundation.com.au T: 1300 799 915 E: email@example.com
•The Be Inspired Foundation was founded to
provide scholarships for active rehabilitation
to disadvantaged Western Australian youth
living with chronic disease, cancer, disabilities
or major trauma.
•Beneficiaries receive support for 12 months.
•This case study examines the effects of this
novel model of care on a young male living
with morbid obesity.
•A 15 year old male, was referred by his
paediatrician for allied health services to
support management of morbid obesity.
•At baseline he presented with a body mass
195kg and low functional capacity.
•A progressive exercise program was initiated
in combination with counselling once a
fortnight and four sessions with an
accredited practising dietitian.
•Only resistance exercise was prescribed for
the first three months.
•Progressively the total volume increased
from one to three times per day.
•After 12 weeks, daily aerobic activity was
•Ongoing group exercise sessions 2x/wk from
Over the 12-month intervention, clinically
meaningful changes were apparent in multiple
physical and functional domains.
Modified Push Up (reps)
Sit & Reach (cm)
3m Timed Up
& Go (s)
•Body mass reduced by 11kg.
•30% improvement in aerobic capacity
represented in 400m walk improvement.
•Upper body strength was greater at 6 and 12
months compared to baseline.
•Lower body power increased by 77%
measured using countermovement jump
•Qualitative feedback was equally positive:
“He enjoys his sessions with [the exercise
physiologist] and now he is going to a group
session once a week to try and get him back
into the community and around people”.