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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2009 Nov-Dec;41(6):425-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2009.04.006.

Is frequent self-weighing associated with poorer body satisfaction? Findings from a phone-based weight loss trial.

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University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA. welsh@umn.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the effect of self-weighing frequency on weight change and body satisfaction.

DESIGN:

Observational study based on findings from a 6-month randomized controlled telephone-based weight loss trial. Data collected at baseline and 6 months.

SETTING:

Metropolitan community-based sample.

PARTICIPANTS:

Sixty-three obese adults. Mean age 49.5 years, 82% percent white, and 79% female. Mean body mass index at baseline was 34.2 kg/m(2).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Change in weight and body satisfaction.

ANALYSIS:

General linear model regression was used to assess the effect of self-weighing on outcomes of interest. Statistical significance was set at alpha level .05. Treatment group and baseline values of dependent variables included as covariates in all analyses.

RESULTS:

Participants who increased their frequency of self-weighing over the 6-month period demonstrated significantly better weight loss outcomes than those who maintained or decreased their frequency of self-weighing (-6.8 kg vs -3.1 kg, F = 8.59, P = .006). There were no significant associations between self-weighing frequency and body satisfaction at 6 months (F = 0.55, P = .58).

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:

These findings support frequent self-weighing for weight control. There appears to be little or no effect of self-weighing on body satisfaction. Future research should replicate these findings across a larger, more diverse population of overweight adults.

PMID:
19879499
PMCID:
PMC2772827
DOI:
10.1016/j.jneb.2009.04.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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