Pilot evaluation of an online weight management programme

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Title: Pilot evaluation of an online weight management programme
Authors: Cawley, ShonaFarrell, S.Byrne, D. G.Turner, MichaelClune, B.McCartney, Daniel
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9268
Date: May-2017
Online since: 2018-02-26T19:03:47Z
Abstract: This intervention examined the efficacy of a six-week online weight loss programme. Students and staff of a third level institution (n=183) were recruited to the programme which provided individualised dietary advice for weight loss. Eighty-five participants (mean age 29.7 years, mean BMI 28.9kg/m2, 33% male) met the minimum inclusion criterion of logging on to the study website at least twice. All participants who completed the full six-week programme lost weight (n=31), with significant reductions in mean weight (2.8kg), BMI (0.9kg/m2) and waist circumference (4.1cm) observed between the start and end of the programme (all P<0.001). Among "completers", males lost more weight than females (4.2kg vs. 1.9kg, P=0.004). One in four completers lost >5% of their bodyweight, with reductions in biscuit and alcohol consumption being most predictive of weight loss. These findings suggest that individualised online dietary advice is effective in achieving short-term weight loss, especially in males.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Irish Medical Organisation
Journal: Irish Medical Journal
Volume: 110
Issue: 1
Start page: 496
Keywords: Weight management
Other versions: http://imj.ie/pilot-evaluation-of-an-online-weight-management-programme/
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
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