Changes in self-efficacy and decisional balance for exercise among obese women in a weight management program

Bernardine M. Pinto, Matthew M. Clark, Dean G. Cruess, Lynda Szymanski, Vincent Pera

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Abstract

Objective: To assess changes in eating and exercise self-efficacy and decisional balance for exercise in an obese population enrolled in a multi-disciplinary weight management program. Research Method and Procedures: Thirty-two obese women were assessed at entry and after 12 weeks of treatment. Results: Participants showed 15% mean weight loss after 12 weeks of treatment. Mean minutes of self-reported exercise increased by 229%. Participants demonstrated significant improvements in self-efficacy for both eating and exercise and health parameters but not in decisional balance for exercise adoption. Discussion: These results may have implications for the practitioner in that self-efficacy changes occur during successful weight loss, but decisional balance for exercise may not change until individuals enter maintenance. These results imply that practitioners may be advised to shift from confidence building to relapse prevention early on in treatment, and that focusing on strengthening the pros of exercise and reducing the cons of exercise may need to remain constant during treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)288-292
Number of pages5
JournalObesity research
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

Keywords

  • Exercise decisional balance
  • Self-efficacy
  • Weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Food Science
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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