From the Editor-in-Chief . . .
In the September 15 issue of TJACSM, Gibbs et al., provide insight regarding behaviors employed by individuals who have recently undergone intentional weight loss. The paper describes lifestyle habits and compares individuals with greater (≥10%) versus lesser (5% to ≤10%) weight loss.
Behavioral weight‑loss programs emphasize diet and physical activity, and compliance with these behaviors are generally predictive of weight loss and weight maintenance in research studies. Less is known about behaviors of individuals who experience weight loss in the clinical setting when health care practitioners are involved instead of highly specialized multidisciplinary research teams and where participants are those who typically seek weight management and are not excluded due to the normal variety of health issues (hypertension, smoking, hyperlipidemia, etc.). It is important to determine which behaviors favor weight loss and maintenance if weight management it to be translated from the research setting to community health care systems with individuals who experience a variety of risk factors.
Individuals who intentionally lost weight were enrolled in a study to explore the use of technology to provide weight loss maintenance. The current paper examines the cross-sectional analysis of baseline data to determine which behaviors were associated with the previous weight loss.
I would like to invite researchers to submit their translational science papers for physical activity and policy for peer review in the Translational Journal of The American College of Sports Medicine.
Joseph E. Donnelly, EdD, FACSM