Individual vs. Group-based Strategies for Weight Loss and Management in Adults: Pen Profile Perceptions

C. C. T. Clark, Amie Chambers, John Fernandes, Martin Musalek, Robert Podstawski, Emma L. J. Eyre, Michael Duncan

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Abstract

Aims
The aim of this study was to explore perceptions of barriers, facilitators, strategies and successes in individual vs. group-based weight management programmes.

Methods
Forty-two, overweight (Body Mass Index ≥ 25-kg.m2) participants (aged 32-63y) volunteered to take part in this study. All participants completed a 3-month weight loss programme, randomised to a group-based (n=21), or self-monitoring only (n=21) approach, respectively. Participants subsequently participated in a semi-structured interview (60±7 mins) to explore individual and collective perceptions of barriers, facilitators, strategies and successes.

Results
Convergent themes were found for individual and group strategies for facilitators, strategies and successes. Divergent themes were found between groups for barriers, group participants highlighted expense of commercial products, and knowledge of nutrition and dieting, whilst individual participants reported (lack of) social support from peers, (lack of) motivation, and occupation.

Conclusion
Key stakeholders, facilitators, and individuals must consider these factors prior to the advocation any weight loss strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100225
JournalObesity Medicine
Volume18
Issue numberJune
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 16 Mar 2020

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Keywords

  • Management
  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Strategy
  • Weight-loss

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Clark, C. C. T., Chambers, A., Fernandes, J., Musalek, M., Podstawski, R., Eyre, E. L. J., & Duncan, M. (Accepted/In press). Individual vs. Group-based Strategies for Weight Loss and Management in Adults: Pen Profile Perceptions. Obesity Medicine, 18(June), [100225]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obmed.2020.100225