Correlates of weight loss and its maintenance over two years of follow-up among middle-aged men

Robert W Jeffery, Wendy M. Bjornson-Benson, Barbara S. Rosenthal, Ruth A Lindquist, Candace L. Kurth, Sharon L. Johnson

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This paper analyzes demographic, social, psychological, and behavioral correlates of weight loss and maintenance in a group of 89 middle-aged men. Measures were collected before and after a 15-week intervention program and at 3-month and 1-year follow-up evaluations. Associations were examined through 2 years of follow-up observation. Principal findings were (a) a strong inverse relationship between prior participation in an organized weight control program and both short- and long-term weight loss; (b) a positive association between efficacy expectations and weight loss; (c) a positive association between attendance at treatment sessions and weight loss; (d) an inverse relationship between spouse attendance and weight loss; and (e) positive associations between weight loss and perceived social support, reported improvement in eating behavior, reported improvement in exercise behavior, and affirmative response to relapse episodes following treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-168
Number of pages14
JournalPreventive medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1984

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Funding Information:
’ This research was supported by NIH Grant ROl-AM26542 to Dr. Robert W. Jeffery. * To whom reprint requests should be addressed: Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Stadium Gate 27, 611 Beacon Street SE., Minneapolis, Minn. 55455.


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