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Older Members Perform Better in an Internet-Based Behavioral Weight Loss Program Compared to Younger Members
Unit of Clinical Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Obesity Unit, Karolinska Hospital, Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden.
Unit of Clinical Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden & Obesity Unit, Karolinska Hospital, Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4144-4877
Obesity Unit, Karolinska Hospital, Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden.
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2009 (English)In: Obesity Facts, ISSN 1662-4025, E-ISSN 1662-4033, Vol. 2, no 2, 74-79 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: New technology offers increased opportunities for weight control. However, it is not clear whether older people with less computer training can make use of this tool. Our objective was to examine how members above the age of 65 years performed in an internet-based behavioral weight loss program, compared to younger members. Methods: Data from members (n = 23,233) of an internet-based behavioral weight loss program were analyzed. We restricted our study to active participants accessing the weight club, during a 6-month period (n = 4,440). The number of logins, food intake, and weight records were examined. Participants were divided into age tertiles separately for men and women. The oldest tertile was further subdivided into two groups: above and below the age of 65 years. Results: Participants aged 65 or older were more likely to remain active in the weight club for at least 6 months compared to younger age groups. They had the highest frequency of recordings of food intake and current weight. Among women, those older than 65 years had on average the highest percentage of weight loss (5.6 kg, 6.8%). Men above 65 years of age had the highest number of logins, on average 161 times during the 6-month period. Conclusion: Older participants are performing equally well or even better in an internet-based behavioral weight loss program than younger participants. Internet-based programs could be a promising and attractive option for older adults requiring assistance in losing weight. © 2009 S. Karger AG, Basel.

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Basel: S. Karger, 2009. Vol. 2, no 2, 74-79 p.
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Aging, Behavior modification, BMI, Diet, Lifestyle factors, Obesity management, Physical activity, Weight loss, Internet
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-25250DOI: 10.1159/000209383ISI: 000266219500003PubMedID: 20054209Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-67649199236OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-25250DiVA: diva2:715122
Available from: 2014-04-30 Created: 2014-04-30 Last updated: 2015-03-02Bibliographically approved

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