Frequency of therapist contact in the treatment of obesity

Robert W. Jeffery, Rena R. Wing

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Thirty-four overweight adults participated in a study investigating the effects of frequent versus infrequent therapist-client contacts on weight loss in the initial stages of a weight reduction program. Over a 5-week period subjects contacted three times per week, whether in person or by phone, lost significantly more weight and reported significantly less food consumption than those seen on a once per week basis. Self-reported caloric intake was a good predictor of weight loss, but self-reported exercise was not.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)186-192
Number of pages7
JournalBehavior Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1979
Externally publishedYes


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