What is a reasonable weight loss? Patients' expectations and evaluations of obesity treatment outcomes.

@article{Foster1997WhatIA,
  title={What is a reasonable weight loss? Patients' expectations and evaluations of obesity treatment outcomes.},
  author={Gary D. Foster and Thomas A Wadden and R A Vogt and Gloria Brewer},
  journal={Journal of consulting and clinical psychology},
  year={1997},
  volume={65 1},
  pages={79-85}
}
Expert panels and governmental guidelines now recommend that obese persons seek modest (i.e., "reasonable") reductions in body weight rather than striving for "ideal" weights. Little is known, however, about patients' views of what is a "reasonable" weight loss. This study assessed patients' goals, expectations, and evaluations of various outcomes before, during, and after 48 weeks of treatment. Before treatment, 60 obese women (99.1 +/- 12.3 kg; body mass index of 36.3 +/- 4.3 kg/ m2) defined… CONTINUE READING

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