Weight Loss History Affects Success in Obesity Management
Women with repeated attempts at weight loss, even if the weight is regained, have modestly greater weight loss at an obesity management clinic than women without such a history, data suggest. In a retrospective study of data for more than 11,000 participants in a weight-management program, the frequency of weight loss was significantly correlated with the total lifetime weight loss in men (r = 0.61, P < .0001) and women (r = 0.60, P < .0001).
@camie The prevalence of obesity is increasing. It is uncertain whether frequent weight losses help or hinder future weight-loss attempts. The effect of age at overweight on future weight loss attempts also is unclear. To examine these questions, the current researchers analyzed the experiences of patients with obesity treated at the Wharton Medical Clinic Weight Management Program in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. At enrollment, participants responded to a questionnaire that elicited information about basic demographics, past weight loss and health practices, medical history, and family medical history. Patients did not receive any stipend for their participation and consented to the use of their medical data for research purposes. The investigators assessed weight change through a retrospective review of electronic medical records.