Equivalent weight loss for weight management programs delivered by phone and clinic

J E Donnelly, J Goetz, C Gibson, D K Sullivan, R Lee, B K Smith, K Lambourne, M S Mayo, S Hunt, Jae Hoon Lee, J J Honas, R A Washburn

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OBJECTIVE: Face-to-face (FTF) weight management is costly and presents barriers for individuals seeking treatment; thus, alternate delivery systems are needed. The objective of this study was to compare weight management delivered by FTF clinic or group conference calls (phone). DESIGN AND METHODS: Randomized equivalency trial in 295 overweight/obese men/women (BMI = 35.1±4.9, Age = 43.8±10.2, Minority = 39.8%). Weight loss (0-6 months) was achieved by reducing energy intake between 1,200 and 1,500 kcal/day and progressing physical activity (PA) to 300 min/week. Weight maintenance (7-18 months) provided adequate energy to maintain weight and continued 300 min/week of PA. Behavioral weight management strategies were delivered weekly for 6 months and gradually reduced during 7-18 months. A cost analysis provided a comparison of expenses between groups. RESULTS: Weight change from baseline to 6 months was -13.4 ± 6.7% and -12.3 ± 7.0% for FTF clinic and phone, respectively. Weight change
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1951–1959
StatePublished - 2013


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