Relationship between Visceral Adipose Tissue and Oriental Obesity Pattern Identification in Obese Korean Women

비만여성에서 내장지방과 한방비만변증의 연관성

  • Kim, Eun-Joo (Dept. of Oriental Rehabilitaion Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung-Hee University) ;
  • Lee, A-Ra (Dept. of Oriental Rehabilitaion Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung-Hee University) ;
  • Hwang, Mi-Ja (Dept. of Oriental Rehabilitaion Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung-Hee University) ;
  • Cho, Jae-Heung (Dept. of Oriental Rehabilitaion Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung-Hee University) ;
  • Choi, Sun-Mi (Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine) ;
  • Chung, Seok-Hee (Dept. of Oriental Rehabilitaion Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung-Hee University) ;
  • Song, Mi-Yeon (Dept. of Oriental Rehabilitaion Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung-Hee University)
  • 김은주 (경희대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학교실) ;
  • 이아라 (경희대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학교실) ;
  • 황미자 (경희대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학교실) ;
  • 조재흥 (경희대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학교실) ;
  • 최선미 (한국한의학연구원) ;
  • 정석희 (경희대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학교실) ;
  • 송미연 (경희대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학교실)
  • Received : 2011.03.14
  • Accepted : 2011.04.02
  • Published : 2011.04.30

Abstract

Objectives : Our purpose of this study was to evaluate the association between abdominal adipose tissue and oriental obesity pattern identification. Methods : This study was performed in 78 healthy obese(BMI(body mass index)${\geq}25kg/m^2$) women in Seoul. Subjects underwent abdominal CT(computed tomography) scanning and were asked to complete the oriental obesity pattern identification questionnaire. Subjects were given written consent and this study was performed under permission of institutional review board of Kyung-hee East-west Neo medical center. Results : 1. VFA(visceral fat area) and VSR(visceral/subcutaneous adipose tissue ratio) were significantly correlated with stagnation of the liver qi(肝鬱, gan-yu)(p<0.05). But, other patterns were not significantly correlated with oriental obesity pattern identification(p>0.05). 2. We evaluated a difference of oriental obesity pattern identification score in visceral obesity group(n=34) versus non-visceral obesity group(n=44). Scores of all patterns except food accumulation(食積, shi-ji) were significantly higher in the visceral obesity group than in the non-visceral obesity group(p<0.05). Especially, there was a further significant difference in stagnation of the liver qi(肝鬱, gan-yu)(p<0.01). Conclusions : Generally, the stagnation of the liver qi(肝鬱, gan-yu) has a close relation with stress and depression. This study suggests that stress and depression might be correlated with visceral fat, and the use of oriental obesity pattern identification would be helpful for planning a treatment schedule of visceral obesity in the clinic.

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