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Weight loss motivations: a latent class analysis approach
University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications
  • Stephenie C. Lemon, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Kristin L. Schneider, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Monica L. Wang, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Qin Liu, The Winstar Institute
  • Robert P. Magner, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Barbara Estabrook, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Susan Druker, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Lori Pbert, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Publication Date
7-1-2014
Document Type
Article
Subjects
Adult; Body Mass Index; Cross-Sectional Studies; Female; Humans; Logistic Models; Male; Middle Aged; *Motivation; Odds Ratio; Overweight; *Weight Loss
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To identify subgroups of adults with respect to weight loss motivations and assess factors associated with subgroup membership. METHOD: A cross-sectional survey among 414 overweight/ obese employees in 12 Massachusetts high schools was conducted. Latent class analysis (LCA) defined distinct weight loss motivation classes. Multinomial logistic regression assessed participant characteristics with class membership. RESULTS: Three classes emerged: improving health; improving health and looking/feeling better; and improving health, looking/feeling, better and improving personal/social life. Compared to class 1, class 2 was more likely to be female and younger and class 3 was more likely to be female, younger, have children at home, and perceive themselves as very over-weight. CONCLUSIONS: Findings can inform targeted weight loss interventions.
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Citation: Am J Health Behav. 2014 Jul;38(4):605-13. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.38.4.14. Link to article on publisher's site
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Link to Article in PubMed
PubMed ID
24636123
Citation Information
Stephenie C. Lemon, Kristin L. Schneider, Monica L. Wang, Qin Liu, et al.. "Weight loss motivations: a latent class analysis approach" Vol. 38 Iss. 4 (2014) ISSN: 1087-3244 (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lori_pbert/66/