Self-Weighing Frequency Is Associated with Weight Gain Prevention over 2 Years Among Working Adults
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- VanWormer, J.J., Linde, J.A., Harnack, L.J. et al. Int.J. Behav. Med. (2012) 19: 351. doi:10.1007/s12529-011-9178-1
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Little is known about the association between self-weighing frequency and weight gain prevention, particularly in worksite populations.
The degree to which self-weighing frequency predicted 2-year body weight change in working adults was examined.
The association between self-weighing frequency (monthly or less, weekly, daily, or more) and 24-month weight change was analyzed in a prospective cohort analysis (n = 1,222) as part of the larger HealthWorks trial.
There was a significant interaction between follow-up self-weighing frequency and baseline body mass index. The difference in weight change ranged from −4.4 ± 0.8 kg weight loss among obese daily self-weighers to 2.1 ± 0.4 kg weight gain for participants at a healthy weight who reported monthly self-weighing.
More frequent self-weighing seemed to be most beneficial for obese individuals. These findings may aid in the refinement of self-weighing frequency recommendations used in the context of weight management interventions.