Obesity-related beliefs predict weight loss after an 8-week low-calorie diet

E.W. Wamsteker, R. Geenen, J.A. Iestra, J.K. Larsen, P.M.J. Zelissen, W.A. van Staveren

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The objective of this study was to examine whether beliefs about the cause, consequences, time line, and control of obesity are predictors of the amount of weight loss after an 8-week, low-calorie diet consisting of meal replacements. Forty-eight women and 18 men, mean age=45.9 (range=23 to 73 years) years and body mass index between 30 and 50 participated in a weight-loss program. Beliefs were measured at baseline by the Obesity Cognition Questionnaire and by an eating behavior self-efficacy scale. Correlational and regression analyses were performed to examine whether beliefs predicted weight change. Changes in body mass index, waist circumference, and blood pressure were significant (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-444
JournalJournal of the American Dietetic Association
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • self-efficacy
  • illness
  • adults


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