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Weight Loss & Lifestyle Study - WEL
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Weight Loss & Lifestyle Study - WEL

Weight Loss Study Aim
To assess the effect of a 3 month behavior modification weight management program on self-efficacy and anthropometric variables among obese women seeking treatment at an obesity management clinic and to compare self-efficacy among these obese women to non-obese women.

Weight Loss Study Subjects
A total of 161 non-obese and 138 obese women of similar age.

Weight Loss Study Measurements
Self-efficacy in relation to eating was assessed by the Weight Efficacy Lifestyle (WEL) questionnaire.

Weight Loss Study Results
At entry to the program obese women scored significantly less than non-obese women on the WEL. Women who completed the program demonstrated a decrease in waist circumference of 3.9±5.3 cm, a 10.0±11.5 percent loss of excess weight and a significant improvement in total WEL score from 106.0±30.3 to 126.5±28.4.

Weight Loss Study Conclusion
Improvements in some dimensions of self-efficacy among obese women were of sufficient magnitude to attain scores similar to women of a normal weight. The WEL questionnaire may provide an additional measure of success as well as provide positive feedback and encouragement to the client.

Source: International Journal of Obesity

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