Preventing Overweight in USAF Personnel: Minimal Contract Program
Annual rept. 15 Apr 2004-14 Apr 2005
BAYLOR COLL OF MEDICINE HOUSTON TX
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The research objective of this 4-year study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a minimal contact Internet-based behavioral therapy plus usual care MCBT UC for controlling overweight in USAF personnel using a controlled experimental comparison of usual care UC. Subjects include personnel who are 5 lbs below their Maximum Allowable Weight MAW and heavier. Effectiveness of MCBT UC is compared to UC in terms of weight loss. Outcomes are being measured at 6 and 12 months. Recruitment ended in October 2004 with a total of 451 subjects 227 in treatment group and 224 in usual care group . Both groups include approximately 50 men and women and an ethnic representation of 55 Caucasian, 23 African American, 16 Hispanic, 6 all others Asian, Pacific Islander, Other. Mean age for subjects is 33.9 years and body mass index, 29.4. To date, 215 subjects 94.7 have completed the treatment program. All follow-up assessments will be completed by October 2005. Preliminary results comparing baseline and 6-month outcome found that subjects assigned to MCBT lost weight while those assigned to UC actually gained weight. Also, greater use of the treatment website was associated with significantly more weight loss over the 6 month treatment period.
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