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Am J Clin Nutr. 1992 Jul;56(1 Suppl):271S-274S.

Clinical correlates of short- and long-term weight loss.

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  • 1University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia.

Abstract

This study was designed to identify psychological, behavioral, and physiological correlates of short- and long-term weight loss. Measures of psychological functioning, body composition, fat cell size and number, and attendance were evaluated in 76 obese women for their relationship to weight loss at the end of treatment and at a 1-y follow-up evaluation. Losing more weight during the first month of treatment and attending a higher percentage of treatment sessions were strongly associated with greater weight loss at the end of treatment and at 1-y follow-up. In addition, patients with the highest initial weights lost the most weight both at the end of treatment and at 1-y follow-up. Easily obtained measures are as successful in predicting weight loss as are more expensive and complicated measures.

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