Self-help and long-term behavior therapy for obesity

J. D. Latner, G Wilson, A. J. Stunkard, M. L. Jackson

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The Trevose Behavior Modification Program, a self-help group offering continuing care for obesity, has recently been shown to produce large long-term weight losses. The present study aimed to replicate this finding across different settings and participants, assessing the weight losses and attrition rates of 128 participants in three Trevose program satellite groups that used the same treatment procedures and manual as the central Trevose group. The satellite groups' results closely paralleled those of the Central Group. Mean intent-to-treat weight loss, or final losses recorded for all participants regardless of their treatment termination date, was 13.7±0.7% of initial body weight (11.8±0.7 kg). At two years, 43.8% of participants remained in treatment, having lost a mean of 19.0±0.8% of their body weight (16.2±1.0 kg); at five years, 23.4% remained, having lost 18.4±1.1% of body weight (15.6±1.5 kg). These results demonstrate that the Trevose model of weight control, combining self-help and continuing care, can be extended and disseminated to other settings, with potentially significant public health consequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)805-812
Number of pages8
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jun 5 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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