Healthy Living / Weight Stigma Research
Interested in our Weight Loss Program?
Description of the Current Weight Loss Program
Each year we conduct a weight loss intervention. Because we use the data for research purposes, the intervention is available to the public at no charge. The program will begin in January 2014 (the week of the 20th). The program emphasizes gradual weight loss through increased physical activity and dietary changes (e.g. decreases in refined grains, added sugars, and certain types of fats accompanied by increases in fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and healthy sources of fat) through permanent lifestyle changes.
This year we are comparing the effectiveness of two weight loss programs. You will be provided with a weight loss manual, an accelerometer, and instructions on how to record your energy intake and expenditure. The weekly, 90-minute classes will meet in small groups. The intervention will last 16 weeks.
When Will the Next Weight Loss Program Begin?
Start Date: January, 2014
Location: Bowling Green State University, Psychology Building
1. To be eligible, you must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 27 or greater. To calculate your BMI click here.
2. Undergraduate students at BGSU and individuals younger than 18 are ineligible
3. Individuals with certain medical conditions are sometimes ineligible (e.g. Type I diabetes, hypertension with BP over 160/100 mm Hg).
4. Individuals who have recently undergone bariatric surgery or plan to in the next 1.5 years are ineligible
5. Individuals who have lost a significant percentage of their original body weight in the past 6 months (more than 10%) are ineligible
6. Individuals with certain psychiatric diagnoses are ineligible (please inquire further if you are interested even if you have a psychiatric diagnosis)
7. Individuals who took part in our program during the previous year
8. Women who are pregnant or nursing or plan to become pregnant in the next two years are ineligible
9. Individuals with certain illnesses (cancer, HIV, hepatitis B or C, renal or hepatic dysfunction, or dementia) are ineligible
Participants MUST be available to attend one 90 minute class one evening per week (of two possible weeknights).
Participants must receive doctor's approval (a form will be provided).
Participants must be willing to provide a deposit at the beginning of the program (which will be completely refunded: 1/2 at the midpoint of the program and 1/2 at the end of the program) (through an electronic deposit system or via the mail)
Online Calorie References
Health-Related Links of Interest
National Institutes of Health
The National Institute of Health: a great resource on health - features weight, nutrition, and physical activity information.
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association has a Healthy Lifestyle page. It is a great resource on health - features weight, nutrition, and physical activity information.
National Weight Control Registry
The National Weight Control Registry is the largest prospective investigation of long-term successful weight loss maintenance. The NWCR is tracking over 5,000 individuals who have lost significant amounts of weight and kept it off for long periods of time.