Maintenance of Weight Loss: A Needs Assessment

Judith D. DePue, Matthew M. Clark, Laurie Ruggiero, Meredith L. Medeiros, Vincent Pera

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This study identified facilitators and obstacles to maintenance of weight loss following a very‐low‐calorie‐diet and behavior modification program. A survey was mailed to a random sample of 178 program completers and received a 61% response rate; the most frequent follow‐up period was more than 2 years. Twenty‐nine percent reported weighing the same (within 10 lbs) or less than the end of their participation in the treatment program (maintainers), while 71% reported their present weight was a mean of 65% higher than their initial weight loss (regainers). Maintainers were significantly more likely to report engaging in regular aerobic exercise, attending a maintenance support group, and confidence in their ability to manage their weight in the future, while regainers were more likely to report stress and motivation as frequent weight management obstacles. Respondents consistently identified the need for low/no cost ongoing support. Maintainers and relapsers reported similar challenges in managing their weight, yet with different results, suggesting the need to identify subgroups for which different post‐treatment support options could be applied. 1995 North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-248
Number of pages8
JournalObesity research
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1995


  • maintenance of weight loss
  • obesity treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Food Science
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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