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Psychosocial Correlates of Weight Maintenance Among Black & White Adults

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Objectives: To investigate (1) weight maintenance among black and white participants and (2) psychosocial correlates (eg, healthy eating barriers, self-efficacy, stress) of weight maintenance 18 months after behavioral weight-loss treatment. Methods: Linear and logistic regression examined weight change and unsuccessful weight maintenance (>5% weight gain) among 107 black and white adults. Results: After controlling for socio-demographics, differences in weight maintenance between ethnicities were not generally noted. Healthy eating barriers and stressful life events were associated with weight gain, P<.04. Conclusions: Strategies to cope with stressful events and overcome barriers to eating healthfully are needed for weight maintenance among both ethnicities.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor, Duquesne University School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. 2: Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 3: Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 4: Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 5: Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Publication date: May 1, 2012

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