Self-weighing frequency is associated with weight gain prevention over 2 years among working adults

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Background Little is known about the association between self-weighing frequency and weight gain prevention, particularly in worksite populations. Purpose The degree to which self-weighing frequency predicted 2-year body weight change in working adults was examined. Method The association between self-weighing frequency (monthly or less, weekly, daily, or more) and 24-month weight change was analyzed in a prospective cohort analysis (n=1,222) as part of the larger HealthWorks trial. Results There was a significant interaction between followup self-weighing frequency and baseline body mass index. The difference in weight change ranged from ?4.4±0.8 kg weight loss among obese daily self-weighers to 2.1±0.4 kg weight gain for participants at a healthy weight who reported monthly self-weighing. Conclusion More frequent self-weighing seemed to be most beneficial for obese individuals. These findings may aid in the refinement of self-weighing frequency recommendations used in the context of weight management interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-358
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2012

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Acknowledgments The HealthWorks study was supported by grant no. DK067362 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health (R. Jeffery, Principal Investigator; registry no. NCT00708461). This research was conducted as part of the first author’s requirements for completing his doctoral dissertation at the University of Minnesota.

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  • Adults
  • Self-weighing
  • Weight gain prevention
  • Worksite

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