UH findings help people lose weight and keep it off

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Is there a way to lose weight and keep it off for good?

Professor of Psychology, Dr. Janet Latner believes you can achieve long term weight loss.

Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa who studied 90 overweight Oahu residents over the span of two years report that participants were able to lose weight and keep it off.

“It was a very diverse group people had wide age ranges although most were in the overweight range,” Dr. Latner said.

Separated into nine groups, ten people per group, the study didn’t involve a magic pill or some new weight loss treatment.

“They learned behavioral skills and ways to help control their weight and create healthy lifestyles,” Dr. Latner said.

The study showed with the help of support groups participants were motivated to change their daily habits to lose weight and keep it off.

“The majority of them had tried a plethora of different techniques in the past and that’s why this was so exciting that this was working,” therapist, Krista Brown said.

“They lost significant amounts of weight, they lost significant amounts of waist circumference,” Dr. Latner said.

Recent studies show 25-40% of Hawaii residents have unhealthy eating behaviors.

This study offered therapy sessions and group meetings for six months then tracked participants for 18 months thereafter.

“When you have a group supporting you when you are working together with friends and family and you learn good principals for a healthy lifestyle choices you really can achieve long term weight loss,” Dr. Latner said.


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