A unique study is being conducted at the University Of Nebraska Medical Center College Of Nursing. It will evaluate the effectiveness of an internet-based weight loss intervention that focuses on women losing weight and keeping it off. Dr. Carol Pullen is a professor at the UNMC College of Nursing and says many people do not heed the warnings and the importance of weight loss. Even if they have heard the message, nearly two-thirds of American adults are still overweight or obese. The research team will evaluate three interventions to determine whether an interactive web site, a peer led discussion group or e-mail counseling work best.
Dr. Pullen says a unique aspect of this study will also focus on what happens after the weight goal is reached. Researchers will recruit about 300 rural women between the ages of 45 and 69 living within 50 miles from Columbus who are overweight or obese. The team will also recruit in 12 counties: Boone, Butler, Colfax, Cuming, Greeley, Madison, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Stanton and Wheeler.
Dr. Pullen says the study is designed so women can work toward lifestyle changes at home via internet access rather than in organized groups. This research will be conducted in three phases over 30 months that include an intensive weight loss phase, intensive maintenance phase followed by guided weight maintenance as women are supported in making lifestyle changes in weight management. The goal is for weight loss to total 10-percent of their body weight with an eating plan based on their body mass index and promoting decreased calories and lower fat consumption.