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Brief Behavioral Weight Loss Treatment vs. Weight Watchers

This study has been completed.
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The Miriam Hospital Identifier:
First received: November 4, 2005
Last updated: April 10, 2007
Last verified: August 2005
The purpose of this study is to compare the effectiveness of Weight Watchers, brief behavioral treatment, and a combination treatment. We hypothesize that a combination treatment will achieve greater weight losses than Weight Watchers alone.

Condition Intervention
Obesity Overweight Behavioral: Weight Watchers Behavioral: brief behavioral weight loss treatment Behavioral: brief behavioral + Weight Watchers combined treatment

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Comparison of a Brief Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention With the Weight Watchers Program

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Further study details as provided by The Miriam Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Weight Loss

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: November 2005
Study Completion Date: July 2006
Detailed Description:

Weight Watchers is a popular nonmedical commercial weight loss program. Recent studies suggest that people enrolled in Weight Watchers lose approximately 3-5 kg in 6 months of treatment. These outcomes are substantially lower than average weight losses achieved in 6 months if university/hospital-based standard behavioral treatment (approximately 10 kg). However, standard behavioral weight loss programs are expensive and have limited accessibility to most people seeking weight loss. Therefore, the purpose of the current study is to investigate whether enhancing Weight Watchers by adding an 8-week group-based behavioral weight loss program prior to participation in Weight Watchers will improve weight loss outcomes at 6 months.

Comparison: 6 months of Weight Watchers vs. combination treatment (2 months of standard behavioral weight loss treatment followed by 4 months of Weight Watchers) vs. 2 months of standard behavioral treatment.


Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

Age 21-65 years BMI 27-45 kg/m2 Able to sign informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

Women who are pregnant, nursing, less than 6 months postpartum, or plan to become pregnant during course of study Individuals who report a medical condition that would affect the safety and/or efficacy of a weight management program involving dietary change and physical activity (e.g., heart disease, cancer) Individuals with major psychiatric illness that would interfere with protocol adherence Individuals who are currently participating in a weight loss program or taking weight loss medication or lost >=5% of body weight during 6 months prior to screening Recent (within the past 12 months) participation in Weight Watchers

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00249340

United States, Rhode Island
Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center/The Miriam Hospital
Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02903
Sponsors and Collaborators
The Miriam Hospital
Principal Investigator: Rena R Wing, PhD The Miriam Hospital
Principal Investigator: Angela M Pinto, PhD The Miriam Hospital
  More Information Identifier: NCT00249340     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2076-05
Study First Received: November 4, 2005
Last Updated: April 10, 2007

Keywords provided by The Miriam Hospital:
behavioral weight loss treatment
brief behavioral treatment
commercial weight loss programs
Weight Watchers

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Weight Loss
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms
Body Weight Changes processed this record on September 21, 2017