Eating self-efficacy and weight cycling: A prospective clinical study

Matthew M. Clark, Teresa K. King

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Previous retrospective studies have not identified global psychosocial consequences of weight cycling. These lack of findings may be due to limitations associated with retrospective research or with using general psychological measures rather than weight-specific measures. This prospective study examined changes in a weight-specific measure, eating self-efficacy, using an obese clinical population who returned to a multidisciplinary weight management program subsequent to weight regain. Subjects did not demonstrate any change in eating self-efficacy despite experiencing weight loss and then weight regain. Individuals returning for treatment may be a select population, thus suggesting that there may not be negative psychological effects of weight cycling for all individuals. Implications for further research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8
Pages (from-to)47-52
Number of pages6
JournalEating Behaviors
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2000


  • Eating
  • Self-efficacy
  • Weight cycling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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