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J Health Psychol. 2007 Jan;12(1):66-82.

Weight loss treatment and psychological well-being: a review and meta-analysis.

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St John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14618, USA. bblaine@sjfc.edu

Abstract

Research suggests that weight loss treatment generally benefits psychological well-being but these effects have never been quantitatively reviewed. A meta-analysis of 117 weight loss treatment tests showed that weight loss treatment was associated with lowered depression and increased self-esteem. Treatment type moderated treatment effects on depression and self-esteem. Actual weight loss moderated treatment effects on self-esteem but not depression; only treatments that produced actual weight loss predicted increased self-esteem whereas improvements in depression were independent of weight loss. The clinical implications of the findings and the possible causal relationships among weight, depression and self-esteem are discussed.

PMID:
17158841
DOI:
10.1177/1359105307071741
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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