Body image and weight loss maintenance in elderly African American hypertensives

Leslie J. Heinberg, Jennifer Haythornthwaite, Wendie Rosofsky, Phyllis McCarron, Alicia Clarke

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Objective: To examine body image and its influence on elderly African American men and women trying to lose weight to reduce hypertension. Methods: Individuals (n=68) were randomly assigned to participate in a 15-month weight loss program or to control conditions. Weight was determined at baseline, at 6 months and at 15 months. Results: Although mean BMI was 30.4, little body image dissatisfaction was endorsed. Treatment group accounted for significant weight loss variance at both follow-up periods whereas body image scores predicted long-term (15-month) weight loss. Conclusion: Body image may play an important role in long-term success with behavioral weight loss interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-173
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume24
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Body image and weight loss maintenance in elderly African American hypertensives. / Heinberg, Leslie J.; Haythornthwaite, Jennifer; Rosofsky, Wendie; McCarron, Phyllis; Clarke, Alicia.

In: American Journal of Health Behavior, Vol. 24, No. 3, 05.2000, p. 163-173.

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Heinberg, LJ, Haythornthwaite, J, Rosofsky, W, McCarron, P & Clarke, A 2000, 'Body image and weight loss maintenance in elderly African American hypertensives', American Journal of Health Behavior, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 163-173.
Heinberg, Leslie J. ; Haythornthwaite, Jennifer ; Rosofsky, Wendie ; McCarron, Phyllis ; Clarke, Alicia. / Body image and weight loss maintenance in elderly African American hypertensives. In: American Journal of Health Behavior. 2000 ; Vol. 24, No. 3. pp. 163-173.
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