Daily Self-Weighing for Obesity

Recruiting · 18+ · All Sexes · Birmingham, AL

This study is evaluating whether daily self-weighing may help prevent continued weight gain for individuals with obesity.

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About the trial for Obesity

Eligible Conditions
Overweight and Obesity · Obesity · Body Weight · Overweight

Treatment Groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Daily Self-Weighing is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Main TreatmentA portion of participants receive this new treatment to see if it outperforms the control.
Daily Self-Weighing
Control TreatmentAnother portion of participants receive the standard treatment to act as a baseline.
Standard Care


This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and older. There are 6 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Inclusion & Exclusion Checklist
Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
Age 19-65 years
Body mass index (BMI) 30 - 50 kg/m2
Receives care at one of the participating primary care clinics
Resides in one location at least 5 days each week
Possesses a smartphone with data plan
Wi-Fi or Bluetooth internet connection in home
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Odds of Eligibility
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Approximate Timelines

Please note that timelines for treatment and screening will vary by patient
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: varies
Reporting: month 18 to month 24
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: month 18 to month 24
This trial has approximate timelines as follows: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and reporting: month 18 to month 24.
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Measurement Requirements

This trial is evaluating whether Daily Self-Weighing will improve 4 primary outcomes, 4 secondary outcomes, and 10 other outcomes in patients with Obesity. Measurement will happen over the course of baseline to month 6.

Average number of weight control behaviors endorsed on the Weight Control Practices Survey at month 6
A modified version of the 23-item Weight Control Practices Survey will assess a variety of strategies for weight control, including participation in structured programs and/or self-directed weight control behaviors (e.g., reducing fat intake, maintaining food records, increasing physical activity, frequency of self-weighing). The survey measures presence and duration (in weeks) of each behavior.
Change in body weight from baseline to month 6
Body weight measured to the nearest 0.1 kg using a calibrated electronic scale
Healthcare utilization at month 12 assessed by the EuroQOL (EQ-5D-5L)
Self-reported use of health care services (hospitalizations, ER/physician office visits, prescription drugs, etc.) and associated costs will be collected using the EuroQOL (EQ-5D-5L)
Change in body weight from baseline to month 12
Body weight measured to the nearest 0.1 kg using a calibrated electronic scale
Mean score on the Eating Disorder Diagnostic Screening form at month 12
The 22-item Eating Disorder Diagnostic Screening will monitor symptoms of eating disorders
Mean score on the Body Shape Questionnaire-16A at month 12
The 16-item Body Shape Questionnaire-16A will monitor symptoms of body image disturbance
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Who is running the study

Principal Investigator
G. R. D.
Prof. Gareth R. Dutton, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Patient Q & A Section

Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

What is obesity?

This article documents the prevalence of obesity in the State of Rio de Janeiro and offers information on health promotion and the health risks associated with obesity.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What causes obesity?

Most individuals become obese due to external factors. The reasons why a person becomes obese appear to be biological in nature and are not caused by external factors. We hypothesise that the metabolic syndrome might be caused or associated with the obesity.

Anonymous Patient Answer

How many people get obesity a year in the United States?

We conclude that at least 20%. Most cases do not come to medical attention. Rates of overweight and obesity tend to be higher in the more developed countries such as the United States.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are common treatments for obesity?

Obesity is commonly treated with medication, food restriction, or a combination of the two. Exercise and dietary supplements can be added to these treatments to help with weight loss. Obesity-induced sleep disturbances can be mitigated or eliminated by using modafinil, a narcolepsy drug.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Can obesity be cured?

Obesity is not curable, nor can it be reversed. Although some obese patients have excellent health histories, others are at particular risk of developing diseases such as diabetes mellitus or coronary artery disease. The best approach may therefore be to try and decrease weight and its consequences.

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What are the signs of obesity?

Obesity is an important risk factor in the development of various chronic diseases. It is defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a body mass index (BMI) greater than 95th percentile for age and sex. The presence of obesity also depends upon the degree of excess weight. Excess weight is defined by a BMI > or = 85th percentile for age and sex. The signs of obesity are different depending upon its exact cause.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Has daily self-weighing proven to be more effective than a placebo?

The self-weighing group and the controls showed the significant efficacy of the program, and the self-weigh group exhibited the more rapid and sustained reduction in weight. The efficacy of this program for the reduction of overweight is confirmed by these results. It also seems that patients can do this program at home for one hour a day, provided that the computerized program provides sufficient assistance.

Anonymous Patient Answer

How serious can obesity be?

Obesity can cause serious health problems. This can mean having heart disease, diabetes, and a range of other issues that are directly linked to obesity. Obesity is a serious health concern that needs to be addressed by health care providers.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Is daily self-weighing typically used in combination with any other treatments?

Self-weighing was used in combination with other interventions in some trials. It may have improved the effectiveness of interventions to reduce weight for some but not all obese individuals.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What does daily self-weighing usually treat?

It is difficult to attribute the conclusions from this study to the self-weighing groups. It can only be assumed that the conclusions of this study apply to all self-weighing groups. The conclusion that it is desirable for all self-weighing groups is likely to be highly debatable. There cannot still be consensus to this as it is still very much an empirical and qualitative research topic. However, we can agree that one is better off having both self-weighing groups involved with interventions from health care professionals that are specifically targeting their needs. We must, however, remain open to the merits of self-weighing in the context of helping to increase the chances of achieving a healthier weight for all.

Anonymous Patient Answer

How does daily self-weighing work?

Daily self-weighing may help adolescents to increase adherence to diet and physical activity guidelines and reduce weight gain. It could also help the adolescents to be as consistent as possible in their daily activities so they may be less likely to overeat. If the weight gains and behaviours change the majority of this research will not be worthwhile.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Does obesity run in families?

Obesity is a multifactorial disorder that may be at least partially determined by heritable factors. A genome-wide analysis will aid in the understanding of the underlying genetic predisposition.

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