The Value of Session Attendance in a Weight-Loss Intervention

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Objectives: To study the contribution of session attendance to weight loss and maintenance and to identify correlates of attendance. Methods: Data on 260 overweight participants in weight-loss interventions were analyzed using multiple and logistic regression with weight loss and session attendance as outcome variables. Results: Session attendance was associated with weight loss (p<.001) and maintenance (p<.001). Predictors of attendance were ethnicity (p=.05) and Education (p=.02) at 9 months and employment (p=.02) and self-efficacy (p=.04) at closeout. Conclusions: Session attendance contributes to weight loss and maintenance.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, University of California, Sacramento, CA. 2: Department of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 3: Department of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC; Medical Statistics Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK.

Publication date: November 1, 2000

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