Preliminary findings of how visual demonstrations of changes to physical appearance may enhance weight loss attempts

Moyez Jiwa, Oksana Burford, Richard Parsons
2015 European Journal of Public Health  
This study reports how showing a person an illustration of themselves following future weight-loss might impact on their actual future weight-loss. Weight was recorded weekly, 8 weeks before and 8 weeks after the intervention. A significant proportion of the 44 participants lost weight following the intervention: 17 vs. 29 (P = 0.01, chisquared = 6.559). After the first 8 weeks, the mean change in weight was À0.32 kg [standard deviation (SD): 2.2, P = 0.37]. The weight change after the second 8
more » ... after the second 8 weeks was À0.94 kg (SD: 1.7, P = 0.001). The mean difference in weight losses between the two periods was À0.62 kg (SD: 2.1, P = 0.08).
doi:10.1093/eurpub/cku249 pmid:25644139 fatcat:kzbb5vho7fa3jg4kfiwmuwt2oe