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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261

  • Obesity


This randomized clinical trial will determine the efficacy of physicians providing weight control advice to their overweight and obese patients in primary care practice.

Study summary:

Enrolled physicians are randomly assigned to receive brief training in either: 1) behavioral weight control intervention or 2) obesity education. Enrolled patients are asked to see their physician for 2 weight control consultations during the year to discuss their weight and physical activity. Regardless of the training the physician receives, the weight control advice is tailored to the individual patient. Patients include men and women between the ages of 21 - 70 years, with a Body-Mass Index of 27 or greater, and they have met medical and other study eligibility criteria in order to safely participate. As a participant in the trial, all patients are asked to attend an initial baseline assessment, and two follow-up assessments; 3 and 12 months after their first weight control consultation visit with their physician in order to evaluate any changes in their weight, waist circumference, physical activity, eating patterns, and mood. The findings of this important study will shed light upon the role physician advice may have in helping overweight and obese patients lose weight and become more physically active.


Inclusion Criteria: - Body-Mass Index greater than or equal to 27 - Able to walk without assistance - No untreated hypothyroidism or Cushing Disease - No unstable medical or psychiatric condition - No signs or symptoms of cardiovascular disease - No history of gallstones - No terminal illness - No other acute or chronic medical condition in which weight loss is contraindicated - Medically cleared for physical activity Exclusion Criteria: - Pregnant, nursing or planning to become pregnant in the next year - Had an in-patient hospital stay in the last 3 months - Lost more than 10 lbs in the last 4 months - Taking an OTC or prescribed medication for weight loss - In treatment for an eating disorder - In treatment for depression (if patient is on an anti-depressant and has not had a recent episode of depression in the past 3 months then he/she is eligible)



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Laurey Simkin-Silverman, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh, GSPH, Department of Epidemiology

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Location Contact:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261
United States

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Site Status: N/A

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Date Processed: April 07, 2020

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