Self-Weighing Frequency Is Associated with Weight Gain Prevention over 2 Years Among Working Adults
- Jeffrey J. VanWormerAffiliated withEpidemiology Research Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation Email author
- , Jennifer A. LindeAffiliated withUniversity of Minnesota
- , Lisa J. HarnackAffiliated withUniversity of Minnesota
- , Steven D. StovitzAffiliated withUniversity of Minnesota
- , Robert W. JefferyAffiliated withUniversity of Minnesota
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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.
KeywordsSelf-weighing Weight gain prevention Worksite Adults
- Self-Weighing Frequency Is Associated with Weight Gain Prevention over 2 Years Among Working Adults
International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Volume 19, Issue 3 , pp 351-358
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- Author Affiliations
- 1. Epidemiology Research Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, 1000 North Oak Ave, Marshfield, WI, 54449, USA
- 2. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA