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



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.


Self-weighing Weight gain prevention Worksite Adults 


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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

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