Study of Two Complementary and Alternative Medical Treatments for Maintenance of Weight Loss

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Recruitment Status : Terminated
First Posted : October 3, 2003
Last Update Posted : February 12, 2010
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Information provided by:
Kaiser Permanente

Brief Summary:
The goal of this study is to pilot test in a group of overweight-obese individuals the feasibility and acceptability and indications of efficacy of two CAM treatments, qigong, and acupressure-TAT, for improving long term maintenance of weight loss.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Obesity Behavioral: qigong Behavioral: acupressure-TAT Phase 2

Detailed Description:
The prevalence of obesity is at epidemic proportions, 60% of US adults are overweight or obese. Obesity contributes to chronic diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease [CVD], hypertension, cancer, and osteoarthritis) and to escalating health care costs. Weight loss can have a substantial impact on reducing these conditions. Substantial efforts have been made in developing effective short-term weight loss programs using behavioral treatments. However, long-term maintenance of weight loss continues to be problematic - many individuals regain the weight lost within a year. Innovative intervention options are critically needed to help people successfully maintain weight loss and to fight the obesity epidemic. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches-mind-body, energy healing, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches may hold great promise for helping improve the maintenance of weight loss.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 90 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Pilot of Two CAM Treatments for Maintenance of Weight Loss

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • BMI 25-35 kg/m 2
  • Reside in Portland metropolitan area
  • Willing to complete the 12-week weight loss program
  • Willing to accept random assignment to one of the three maintenance treatment conditions
  • Willing to provide informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Medical conditions or treatments that would be contraindicated using a diet & exercise weight loss treatment
  • Cancer
  • Significant GI disease inappropriate for diet and physical activity intervention
  • Diabetes dependent on insulin or oral hypoglycemic medications
  • Psychiatric hospitalization in past 2 years
  • Conditions that require limitation of physical activity
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Cardiovascular Disease (stroke, MI, CABG, ASCVD)
  • Taking weight loss medications currently or within past 6 months
  • Previous history of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) weight loss treatment
  • Current acupressure, or Qi Gong, or acupuncture
  • Reported consumption of more than 21 alcoholic drinks per week
  • Planning to leave the area prior to the end of the program
  • Body weight change > 10 pounds in the 6 months prior to Screening visit one
  • Pregnant, breast feeding, or planning pregnancy prior to the end of participation
  • Current participation in another clinical trial
  • Investigator discretion for safety or adherence reasons
  • Household member of another CAM WT participant
  • Unavailable for group sessions

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00069732

United States, Oregon
Center for Health Research
Portland, Oregon, United States
Sponsors and Collaborators
Kaiser Permanente
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Principal Investigator: Patricia J Elmer, PhD Center for Health Research, Northwest Identifier: NCT00069732     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21AT001190-01A1 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: October 3, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 12, 2010
Last Verified: February 2010

Keywords provided by Kaiser Permanente:
Weight loss maintenance
CAM therapy
Traditional Chinese Medicine

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Weight Loss
Body Weight Changes
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms