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Evaluating the role of life events and sustaining conditions in weight loss maintenance.

Epiphaniou, E and Ogden, J (2010) Evaluating the role of life events and sustaining conditions in weight loss maintenance. Journal of Obesity, 2010. ? - ?. ISSN 2090-0708

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Abstract

Background. Recent qualitative research indicates that life events can enhance behaviour change maintenance. if a number of sustaining conditions are met. This study aimed to quantitatively test this theory in the context of weight loss maintenance. Method. Based upon their weight histories participants were classified as either successful (n = 431) or unsuccessful (n = 592) dieters and all completed questionnaires relating to life events, choice, the function of eating and exercise and the model of their weight problem. Findings. Successful dieters reported a higher number of life events than unsuccessful dieters particularly for events such as "clothes did not fit me", "doctor's recommendation" and "reached my heaviest weight". Successful participants also indicated reduced choice over their previous unhealthy diet, more choice over their exercise behaviours and more benefits from the new healthy behaviours. They were also less likely to attribute their previous increased weight to any medical and psychological factors. This was accompanied by a belief about the effectiveness of behavioural solutions to their weight problem. Discussion. Life events can promote behaviour change for some individuals. This change is facilitated by a reduction in choice and disruption of function over the unhealthy behaviours, and a belief that behavioural solutions will be effective.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published as Epiphaniou E, Ogden J (2010). Evaluating the role of life events and sustaining conditions in weight loss maintenance. Journal of Obesity 2010:7 pages Article number 859413. Available online at: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jobes/
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2012 16:46
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:45
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/732532

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