Navigation Links
Weight loss competitions produce encouraging results
Date:5/1/2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] Statewide weight loss competitions appear to be a potentially successful weapon in the battle against obesity. These programs can produce weight loss in large numbers of people at minimal cost, according to a new study from The Miriam Hospital and Brown University.

Rena Wing,professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Waren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and her colleagues came to their conclusions after evaluating Shape Up Rhode Island 2007, a statewide Internet-based weight loss competition conceived by Rajiv Kumar, a study co-author and a medical student at the Alpert Medical School.

"We evaluated the results and showed that this is an effective way to reach large numbers of people," said Wing, the study's lead author. Wing is director of the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center at the Miriam Hospital.

Shape Up Rhode Island reduced the percentage of patients in the study who were obese from 39 percent to 31 percent. Researchers found that individuals who increased their activity the most achieved the best weight losses.

The findings will be published in a print issue of Obesity set for early May. An earlier version ran online at the Obesity Web site Jan. 29.

Shape Up Rhode Island, a nonprofit group launched in 2005, is designed to include teams that compete for weight loss, pedometer steps and exercise minutes. Enrollment for the 2007 competition on which the Obesity study is based, began in mid-December 2006 and concluded on Jan. 28, 2007. Competitors paid $15 to register with 62 percent having the fee paid by their employer. Anyone with medical conditions that could affect their ability to participate or compete safely obtained a doctor's note first.

The study looked at 4,717 people who participated in Shape Up Rhode Island's 2007 effort, which Kumar designed to feature team competition in an effort to encourage more exercise and weight loss.

Of the initial participants, 3,311 people or 70.2 percent of participants completed at least 12 weeks of the study. Participants who were heavier at the start of the program lost more weight, as did those who generated greater jumps in their physical activity.

Wing and her co-authors said the study suggests team-based weight loss competition can promote modest weight loss in large numbers of people. They hop the study will promote reporting of results in other similar programs.

The authors also suggest possible improvements, such as the inclusion of diet and exercise education, teaching ways to change behavior or offering access to health coaches.


'/>"/>

Contact: Mark Hollmer
Mark_Hollmer@brown.edu
401-863-1862
Brown University
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Early Weight Loss in Women Linked to Dementia
2. New research explores newborn in-hospital weight loss
3. Weight-Loss Surgeries Extend Lives
4. School-based overweight prevention program may cut risk of eating disorders among girls
5. Overweight toddlers and those not in day care at risk for iron deficiency
6. Weight Watchers Declares Quarterly Dividend
7. Eat Seafood, See Weight Loss: Recent Study Finds Another Reason to Eat Seafood for a Fit Lifestyle
8. Weight Gain May Spell Trouble for Heart Failure Patients
9. New Research From America On the Move Foundation Indicates American Weight Loss Efforts Stalling
10. Weight loss game looking for NEAT-o results
11. Aerobic, Weight Training Combo Best Against Diabetes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Weight loss competitions produce encouraging results
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... 27, 2016 , ... Aimed at nurses and employees in ... courtesy of leaders in the nursing and health care industry. It also provides ... and associations—namely Jones & Bartlett Learning. , Jones & Bartlett Learning is adding ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Despite last week’s media reports hinting at a June rate ... until March 2017 for an interest rate increase, according to Rajeev Dhawan of the ... “The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) dot charts are of interest to the press ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... St. Louis, Missouri (PRWEB) , ... May 26, ... ... optimal cost, quality and clinical outcomes, hosted members and suppliers for its inaugural ... with a focus on their mission of elevating the operational health of America’s ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... The Woodlands at ... offering a new model of care for living and healing, celebrated its grand opening, ... Life in a Real Home provided by Empowered Staff. , “This is an incredibly ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... solutions for drugs, biologics, consumer health and global clinical supply services, today announced ... to support the company’s continued investment and strategic growth plans in the Asia ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/26/2016)... NASHVILLE, Tenn. , May 26, 2016 ... provider of software and analytics, network solutions ... healthcare, today announced it entered into a ... leading provider of outpatient software solutions and ... surgery centers, specialty hospitals and rehabilitation clinics ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... Germany and GERMANTOWN, Maryland ... (NASDAQ: QGEN ; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today ... co-development agreement with Therawis Diagnostics GmbH to develop and commercialize ... develop and market PITX2 as a marker to predict effectiveness ... cancer patients. "We are pleased to partner with ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... Va. , May 25, 2016  Granger Diagnostics ... sequencing test for wounds and infections. This test ... parasites, and select viruses. The test requires only ... David G. Bostwick , ... testing to facilitate wound healing: "We are excited ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: