First UK Trial of an Intervention for Weight Loss Maintenance Published
posted on: Aug 24, 2015
Obesity is the fifth leading risk for global deaths and has significant cost implications for the NHS. Relatively small reductions in weight can have important benefits, but long-term weight loss maintenance (WLM) is challenging and weight regain is common. The WILMA (WeIght Loss Maintenance in Adults) study was the first trial of an intervention for weight loss maintenance in the UK. Patients in the two intervention arms received individually tailored motivational interviewing, incorporating planning and self-monitoring. The intensive arm received six face-to-face sessions followed by nine telephone sessions. The less intensive arm received two face-to-face sessions followed by two telephone sessions with the control arm receiving a leaflet advising them on healthy lifestyle. The study found that the intensive intervention may facilitate long-term weight maintenance, with high retention and adherence.
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