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What help do young women want in their efforts to control their weight? Implications for program development

Crawford, David and Ball, Kylie 2007, What help do young women want in their efforts to control their weight? Implications for program development, Nutrition & dietetics, vol. 64, no. 2, pp. 99-104.

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Title What help do young women want in their efforts to control their weight? Implications for program development
Author(s) Crawford, David
Ball, Kylie
Journal name Nutrition & dietetics
Volume number 64
Issue number 2
Start page 99
End page 104
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Place of publication Malden, MA.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1446-6368
1747-0080
Keyword(s) individual counselling
preference
tailored intervention
Summary The aim of this study was to examine women's views on the usefulness of various types of information and practical sessions on weight control, their preferences for program delivery, and likelihood of participation. Cross-sectional survey of 462 women aged 18–33 years randomly selected from the community was conducted. We examined the perceived usefulness of various types of information and practical classes on weight control; preferred mode of delivery; willingness to participate. Among the women 82% were interested in trying to lose or control weight. Information on weight control was considered to be more useful than practical sessions. Information about meal planning, cooking and low-fat recipes and how to manage stress was considered most useful. Fifty-eight per cent of women reported they would prefer to participate in an individual face-to-face program delivered by a health professional. Thirty-one per cent of women reported it was very likely that they would participate in a program if it included the sort of things they considered useful and was offered in the way they preferred; a further 35% felt it 'likely'. It appears that health professional-delivered, individual, information-based programs appear most popular among this target group. Tailoring the content and delivery mode of weight management programs to young women's preferences may enhance program participation.


Notes Published Online: 22 May 2007
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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