International Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 351–358

Self-Weighing Frequency Is Associated with Weight Gain Prevention over 2 Years Among Working Adults

  • Jeffrey J. VanWormer
  • Jennifer A. Linde
  • Lisa J. Harnack
  • Steven D. Stovitz
  • Robert W. Jeffery
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12529-011-9178-1

Cite this article as:
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

Abstract

Background

Little is known about the association between self-weighing frequency and weight gain prevention, particularly in worksite populations.

Purpose

The degree to which self-weighing frequency predicted 2-year body weight change in working adults was examined.

Method

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.

Results

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.

Conclusion

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.

Keywords

Self-weighingWeight gain preventionWorksiteAdults

Copyright information

© International Society of Behavioral Medicine 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey J. VanWormer
    • 1
  • Jennifer A. Linde
    • 2
  • Lisa J. Harnack
    • 2
  • Steven D. Stovitz
    • 2
  • Robert W. Jeffery
    • 2
  1. 1.Epidemiology Research CenterMarshfield Clinic Research FoundationMarshfieldUSA
  2. 2.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA