Intervention helps women avoid weight gain

Following a yearlong study to help decrease rates of obesity, 62% of nearly 50 female participants in an Illinoisresearchprogram were able to maintain their weight thanks to intervention and support methods.Illinoisresearchers identified factors that lead to weight gain and used social cognitive theory to create the study’s intervention methods. The measures included tactics designed to raise women’s self-efficacy and self-regulation along with family and social support.Rather than wait until women became overweight, this study used weight gain prevention methodsto avoid obesity. The women completed weekly and monthly nutrition education sessions and learned practical weight management skills. Study participants included both younger women and those in midlife.