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Randomized Trial of a Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention for Low-income Women: The Weight Wise Program

OBESITY, Volume 17, Number 10 - October 2009 Authors: Carmen D. Samuel-Hodge, Larry F. Johnston, Ziya Gizlice, Beverly A. Garcia, Sara C. Lindsley, Kathy P. Bramble, Trisha E. Hardy, Alice S. Ammerman, Patricia A. Poindexter, Julie C. Will, and Thomas C. Keyserling

A study of 143 middle-aged low income women to determine if evidence-based weight loss interventions could successfully be adapted to fit the specific needs of low-income populations.

The 16-week program was conducted primarily in a faith-based setting, using a curriculum adapted from the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and The DASH Diet Eating Plan, flexible class schedules,  incentives, group activities.

Outcome: The results showed that using the Weight Wise Program produced a statistically significant amount of short term weight loss in participants after a 5-month follow-up. The study continues, tracking longer term maintenance outcomes. The results are not yet available.

Note: it should be noted that this study was not so much about weight loss, but the need to think broader when determining the best way to meet the health needs of low-income populations.

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Reprinted by permission from Macmillan Publishers Ltd: Obesity 17, 1891–1899  Copyright 1 October 2009.


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