ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTION Effect of a Free Prepared Meal and Incentivized Weight Loss Program on Weight Loss and Weight Loss Maintenance in Obese and Overweight Women A Randomized Controlled Trial Cheryl L. Rock, PhD, RD Context The prevalence of overweight and obesity in the United States remains high. Shirley W. Flatt, MS Commercial weight loss programs may contribute to efforts to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity, although few studies have examined their efficacy in con- Nancy E. Sherwood, PhD trolled trials. Njeri Karanja, PhD Objective To test whether a free prepared meal and incentivized structured weight Bilge Pakiz, EdD loss program promotes greater weight loss and weight loss maintenance at 2 years compared with usual care. Cynthia A. Thomson, PhD, RD Design, Setting, and Participants A randomized controlled trial of weight loss HE PREVALENCE OF OVER- and weight loss maintenance in 442 overweight or obese women (body mass index, weight and obesity in the United 25-40) aged 18 to 69 years (mean age, 44 years) conducted at US institutions over 2 States remains high. National years with follow-up between November 2007 and April 2010. Tsurvey data for 2007-2008 in- Intervention The program, which involves in-person center-based or telephone-
JAMA – American Medical Association
Published: Oct 27, 2010
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