Pilot evaluation of an online weight management programme

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Title: Pilot evaluation of an online weight management programme
Authors: Cawley, Shona
Farrell, S.
Byrne, D. G.
Turner, Michael
Clune, B.
McCartney, Daniel
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9268
Date: May-2017
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
Keywords: Weight management
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Medicine Research Collection

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