Evidence that a very brief psychological intervention boosts weight loss in a weight loss program

ARMITAGE, Christopher J., NORMAN, Paul, NOOR, Mehwish, ALGANEM, Soud and ARDEN, Madelynne (2014). Evidence that a very brief psychological intervention boosts weight loss in a weight loss program. Behavior Therapy, 45 (5), 700-707.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2014.04.001
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Abstract

Reducing morbidity and mortality associated with being overweight is a crucial public health goal. The aim of the present research was to test the efficacy of a very brief psychological intervention (a volitional help sheet) that could be used as an adjunct to standard weight loss programs to support increased weight loss in an overweight sample. Seventy-two overweight participants currently participating in a weight loss program were randomly allocated to either an intervention (volitional help sheet) condition or a control (distracter task) condition. The main outcome measure was weight at 1-month follow-up. Participants in both conditions lost significant amounts of weight, but those in the intervention condition lost significantly more than those in the control condition (d = 0.66). The findings support the efficacy of the volitional help sheet to promote additional weight loss in an overweight sample engaged in a weight loss program. The volitional help sheet therefore represents a very brief, low-cost intervention that could be used to supplement ongoing weight-loss programs.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted 8 April 2014
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.beth.2014.04.001
Depositing User: Helen Garner
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2014 13:05
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2015 07:00
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8181

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