Survey of the Navy's Three-Tiered Remedial Weight-Management Program
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The purpose of this study was to gain descriptive information about the Navys diverse, 3-tiered obesity treatment programs. Questionnaires concerning enrollment policies and procedures, and program demography, elements, and management were mailed to a stratified random sample of Level I command- directed programs, and to all Level II counseling centers and Level III inpatient treatment facilities. Average program enrollment was about 10-15 participants per treatment group at all three levels. Level I programs relied primarily on group exercise to treat obesity most Level II and HI programs were modeled on Overeaters Anonymous and devoted substantial amounts of time to group discussion, behavior modification, and nutrition education. Although Level I participants included physical fitness test PRT failures as well as overeaters, nearly 63 of the enrollees were overfat or obese, and about 6 of those were referred to a Level Ill or III program. Lack of funding or staffing prevented many Level II facilities from conducting a weight-management program, however, leaving basically two options for obese individuals seeking help remedial conditioning exercise routines at Level 1, or six weeks of impatient therapy at Level III. Further research might explore the potential for Level II to provide a cost-effective middle ground for obesity treatment. Weight Management Programs, Obesity Treatment, Navy Personnel, Survey, Physical Fitness.
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