CU Anschutz study shows low-cost weight loss program has long-term results

AURORA, Colo. June 3 — As America’s obesity epidemic continues to grow, a new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus shows that a low-cost, non-profit weight loss program offers the kind of long-term results that often elude dieters.

‘We know that people lose weight and then gain it back,’ said study author Nia S. Mitchell, M.D., MPH, a researcher with the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at CU Anschutz. ‘In this case, we found that people who renewed their annual membership in the program lost a clinically significant amount of weight and kept it off.’

Clinically significant weight loss is defined as losing 5 percent or more of one’s body weight, because weight-related medical conditions, such as diabetes, can improve with that level of weight loss.

 

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