Depression, smoking, activity level, and health status: Pretreatment predictors of attrition in obesity treatment

Matthew M. Clark, Raymond Niaura, Teresa K. King, Vincent Pera

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Abstract

Consistent predictors of attrition in obesity treatment have not been identified. This study examined whether pretreatment psychological and health behavior variables would predict attrition from a 26 week clinical multidisciplinary VLCD and behavior therapy program. Higher levels of depression, current smoking, being sedentary, and having nontreated high blood pressure were associated with treatment attrition. Thus, a biopsychosocial assessment which evaluates medical and psychiatric status may help clinicians to identify individuals at high risk for attrition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-513
Number of pages5
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 8 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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