Changes in self-esteem in participants associated with Weightloss and Maintenance of Commercial Weight Management Programme

Stubbs, James and Hillier, Sarah and Pallister, Carolyn and Avery, Amanda and McConnon, Aine and Lavin, Jacquie (2015) Changes in self-esteem in participants associated with Weightloss and Maintenance of Commercial Weight Management Programme. Obesity & control therapies : open access, 2 (1). pp. 1-5. ISSN 2374-8354

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Introduction and methods: This study examined associations between weight loss, its maintenance and self-esteem in 292 members of a commercial weight management organisation, Slimming World. Self-esteem was measured with the Rosenberg self-esteem questionnaire adapted to 5-point Likert scales. Associations between dimensions of self-esteem and weight change were examined by correlation and regression using the GENSTAT 5 statistical program.

Results: Mean (SD) weight on joining the CWMO was 89.0 (20.0) kg; time taken to reach current weight was 16.3 (13.5) months. Mean (SD) weight change was -15.6 (11.4) kg and BMI change was -5.7 (4.0) (both p < 0.001), maintained for 11.7 (12.8) months. Percent variance in weight change associated with each component of self-esteem is given in parentheses. All weight changes were negative. Participants reported a decrease in sense of failure (3.9%) and an increase in self-respect (3.0%) and self-pride (2.4%). Self-satisfaction (12.8%), feelings of self-achievement (10.6%), positive attitudes towards themselves (9.9%), sense of self-worth (10.6%) and self-efficacy (7.3%) all significantly increased in association with reaching and maintaining their current weight (all p < 0.001). Multiple regression analysis showed that age, gender, height and start weight accounted for 35.4% of the variance in weight change. Self-esteem components of the model accounted for 50.4% of the variance in weight change.

Conclusion: Successful weight loss and maintenance was associated with significant reported improvements in self-esteem in members of a Commercial Weight Management Organisation.

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Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Biosciences > Division of Nutritional Sciences
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Date Deposited: 24 May 2017 10:10
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2018 08:39

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