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THE NATIONAL WEIGHT CONTROL REGISTRY: A Study of "Successful Losers"

Thomas, J. Graham Ph.D.; Bond, Dale S. Ph.D.; Hill, James O. Ph.D.; Wing, Rena R. Ph.D.

ACSM'S Health & Fitness Journal: March/April 2011 - Volume 15 - Issue 2 - pp 8-12
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e31820b72b5
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LEARNING OBJECTIVE: • To educate the health and fitness professional on the purpose of the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) and to highlight key strategies NWCR members have used to be successful in achieving and maintaining substantial weight loss.

This article describes what has been learned to date about achieving successful long-term maintenance weight loss from successful weight losers in the National Weight Control Registry.

J. Graham Thomas, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center (WCDRC) of Brown University and The Miriam Hospital, where his research focuses on behavioral strategies for long-term weight maintenance and the application of technological innovations for weight control.

Dale S. Bond, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University and the WCDRC, where his research focuses on behavioral aspects of bariatric surgery, with particular emphasis on behavioral interventions to increase physical activity in severely obese populations.

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James O. Hill, Ph.D., is a professor of pediatrics and medicine and director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Denver. He is recognized for his work on diet, physical activity, and weight management.

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Rena Wing, Ph.D., is a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University and is the founder and director of the WCDRC, where she is well known for her research on behavioral treatment of obesity and particularly its application to type 2 diabetes.

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