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Addict Behav. 1996 Jul-Aug;21(4):509-13.

Depression, smoking, activity level, and health status: pretreatment predictors of attrition in obesity treatment.

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Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI, USA.


Consistent predictors of attrition in obesity treatment have not been identified. This study examined whether pretreatment psychological and health behavior variables would predict attrition from a 26 week clinical multidisciplinary VLCD and behavior therapy program. Higher levels of depression, current smoking, being sedentary, and having nontreated high blood pressure were associated with treatment attrition. Thus, a biopsychosocial assessment which evaluates medical and psychiatric status may help clinicians to identify individuals at high risk for attrition.

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