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ERIC Number: EJ1026766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0744-8481
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A Randomized Trial Investigating the Effect of a Brief Lifestyle Intervention on Freshman-Year Weight Gain
Middleton, Kathryn R.; Perri, Michael G.
Journal of American College Health, v62 n2 p101-109 2014
Objective: The current study was a randomized controlled trial investigating the effect of an innovative, short-term lifestyle intervention on weight gain in female freshman college students. Participants: Ninety-five freshmen were recruited from a large public university in the United States. Methods: Participants completed baseline assessments and were randomized to a 5-session, 4-week intervention or wait-list control, with assessments at posttest and 3-month follow-up. Results: The hypothesized time by group interaction was not significant, p = 0.393; however, trends suggested that control participants maintained baseline weight, whereas intervention participants lost -2.07 kg by posttest but regained 1.05 kg at follow-up. Significantly more intervention participants (47.0%) decreased their daily caloric intake by = 200 kcal compared with control (31.7%), p = 0.050. Conclusion: Brief intervention to prevent weight gain was not effective in this sample. Future studies should investigate lengthening the intervention to enhance effectiveness and increasing recruitment to improve statistical power.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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