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Applying the MIRA (German acronym for losing weight intelligently) concept, weight-losing programs were tested for guideline conformity and suitability in practice. The core of the concept comprises instruments for the analysis and evaluation of quality criteria for weight-reduction programs. A total of 116 men and women participated in the BCM program of PreCon GmbH & Co. KG, and the "Ich nehme ab" (l'm slimming) program (designed as a self-help aid) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Ernahrung (German Society for Nutrition), and received counseling over a period of one year. Initial results of follow-up at 40 weeks showed a weight reduction of at least 5 percent in 66 percent of all participants, and at least 10 percent in 24 percent. The weight loss correlated with the number of counselings. On the basis of the 89 questionnaires evaluated to date, quality of life as measured by the IWQOL-Lite score showed an improvement in 80 percent of the subjects. These preliminary results indicate that the MIRA concept would appear to be a suitable quality control tool for obesity treatment programs.

Source: Scholz GH, Flehmig G, Kahl Y, Gutknecht D, Schmidt U, Tolkmitt S, Kohler-Braunig K, Gabriel C, Dommel S, Krist H, Scholz M. Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik III, Universitat Leipzig.

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