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J Behav Med. 2017 Oct;40(5):846-853. doi: 10.1007/s10865-017-9870-y. Epub 2017 Jul 8.

Daily self-weighing and weight gain prevention: a longitudinal study of college-aged women.

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Department of Psychology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 3535 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, USA.
Department of Psychology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA.


Daily self-weighing has been suggested as an important factor for weight loss maintenance among samples with obesity. This study is a secondary analysis that examined daily self-weighing in association with weight and body composition outcomes over 2 years among young women with vulnerability for weight gain. Women (N = 294) of varying weight status completed self-weighing frequency questionnaires and weight was measured in the clinic at baseline, 6 months, 1, and 2 years; DXA scans were completed at baseline, 6 months and 2 years. Multilevel models examined the relationship between daily self-weighing (at any point in the study) and trajectories of BMI and body fat percentage. Daily self-weighing was associated with significant declines in BMI and body fat percent over time. Future research is needed to examine causal relations between daily self-weighing and weight gain prevention. Nonetheless, these data extend the possibility that daily self-weighing may be important for prevention of unwanted weight gain.


Body fat change; Longitudinal; Obesity prevention; Self-weighing; Weight change

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