Effects of four maintenance programs on the long-term management of obesity

Perri, M. G., McAllister, D. A. , Gange, J. J., Jordan, R. C., McAdoo, W. G. and Nezu, A. M. (1988) Effects of four maintenance programs on the long-term management of obesity. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 56(4), pp. 529-534. (doi:10.1037/0022-006X.56.4.529) (PMID:2848874)

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Abstract

This study evaluated the effectiveness of four posttreatment programs designed to enhance the long-term maintenance of weight loss. Mildly and moderately obese adults (N = 123) were randomly assigned to one of the following five conditions: (a) behavior therapy only; (b) behavior therapy plus a posttreatment therapist-contact maintenance program; (c) behavior therapy plus posttreatment therapist contact plus a social influence maintenance program; (d) behavior therapy plus posttreatment therapist contact plus an aerobic exercise maintenance program; or (e) behavior therapy plus posttreatment therapist contact plus both the aerobic exercise and social influence maintenance programs. All posttreatment programs were conducted in 26 biweekly sessions during the year following behavioral treatment for obesity. At an 18-month follow-up evaluation, all four conditions that combined behavior therapy with a posttreatment maintenance program yielded significantly greater long-term weight losses than behavior therapy alone.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McAllister, Dr David
Authors: Perri, M. G., McAllister, D. A., Gange, J. J., Jordan, R. C., McAdoo, W. G., and Nezu, A. M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
Journal Name:Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Publisher:American Psychological Association
ISSN:0022-006X
ISSN (Online):1939-2117

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