Preventing Overweight in USAF Personnel: A Minimal Contact Program
Final rept. 15 Apr 2002-14 Apr 2006
BAYLOR COLL OF MEDICINE HOUSTON TX
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The research objective of this 4-year study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a minimal contact Internet-base behavioral therapy plus usual care MCBT UC for controlling overweight in the USAF personnel using a controlled experimental comparison of usual care UC. Subject included personnel who are 5 lbs below their Maximum Allowable Weight MAW and heavier. Effectiveness of MCBT UC was compared to UC in terms of weight loss. Outcomes were measured at 6 months and 12 months. A total of 451 subjects were recruited 227 in treatment groups and 225 in usual care group. All follow-up assessments were completed in November 2005. Results compare baseline, 6-month, and 12-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.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Medicine and Medical Research