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Minnesota Studies on Community-based Approaches to Weight Loss and Control

Robert W. Jeffery, PhD
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From the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Requests for Reprints: Robert W. Jeffery, PhD, Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 1300 South Second Street, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55454-1015. Grant Support: In part by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute grants R01-HL34740 and R01-HL25523.


Copyright 2004 by the American College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1993;119(7_Part_2):719-721. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-119-7_Part_2-199310011-00018
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Community-based approaches to weight control including worksite interventions, intervention by home correspondence, and multimodal community strategies are reviewed. Community-based programs have shown the ability to treat large numbers of obese persons, many of whom probably would not spontaneously seek professional care. Community-based approaches produce modest weight losses at lower costs than do clinical interventions. Although no community program has yet to reduce the prevalence of obesity in the general population, this area is relatively new and deserves further study. Recommended areas for future research include strategies for recruitment to community programs and primary prevention of weight gain.

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