Internet, In-Person Equal for Weight Loss Maintenance
Splete, Heidi, Clinical Psychiatry News
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. -- Internet-based programs may be as effective as face-to-face support groups for weight loss maintenance, Jean Harvey-Berino, Ph.D., reported at the annual meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity.
Dr. Harvey-Berino's findings are based on the results of a weight loss intervention study involving 255 people aged 18 years or older, with a mean body mass index (BMI) of 32. The subjects took part in a weight loss intervention with face-to-face counseling via interactive television for 6 months.
Paticipants then were randomly assigned to one of three follow-up methods for 12 months: interactive television for frequent in-person support, the Internet, or minimal in-person support (controls).
All three groups maintained nearly identical weight losses over the follow-up period: a mean of 5.6% for the frequent in-person support group, 8.2% for the Internet support group, and 6% for the minimal in-person support.
Overall, the participants had lost about 8 kg at the 6-month point and maintained a 6-kg weight loss after another 12 months, said Dr. Harvey-Berino of the University of Vermont, Burlington.
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Publication information: Article title: Internet, In-Person Equal for Weight Loss Maintenance. Contributors: Splete, Heidi - Author. Magazine title: Clinical Psychiatry News. Volume: 32. Issue: 2 Publication date: February 2004. Page number: 43. © 2009 International Medical News Group. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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