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

ercise 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.


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