Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are offering a 16-month, group weight loss program for individuals who have had negative experiences related to weight.
The purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of a new intervention that addresses social aspects of obesity, combined with behavioral weight loss (BWL) treatment, in facilitating long-term weight loss. At the start of the program, participants will be randomized to one of two groups: a standard BWL group, or a modified BWL group that also discusses societal attitudes about weight. Participants will not be able to choose which group they attend. All participants, regardless of group assignment, will receive a 20-week weight loss intervention followed by a 52-week weight loss maintenance program, which will be delivered on-site (in small groups). Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania do not know whether the discussion of social aspects of obesity, combined with standard BWL, will lead to better long-term weight loss than standard BWL treatment alone. This study is designed to answer this question.
You may be eligible to participate if you are at least 18 years old,
overweight, interested in losing weight, and your weight affects how you
feel about yourself. Individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are not eligible for this study.