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Non-Diet Approach to Weight Management More Effective in Worksite Wellness Programs

July 14, 2014

Lynn Rossy is a health psychologist for the UM System. Rossy and her colleagues evaluated  “Eat for Life,” a non-diet approach to weight management, and determined the program is more effective than traditional weight-loss programs.  

Story By: MU News Bureau

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Problematic eating behaviors and dissatisfaction with one’s body are familiar struggles among women. To combat those behaviors, which have led to higher healthcare premiums and medical trends, employers have offered worksite wellness programs to employees and their families. However, the vast majority of wellness programs limit their approach to promoting diets, which may result in participants regaining the majority of their weight once the programs end. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that “Eat for Life,” a new wellness approach that focuses on mindfulness and intuitive eating as a lifestyle, is more effective than traditional weight-loss programs in improving individuals’ views of their bodies and decreasing problematic eating behaviors.

“Eat for Life offers a non-diet approach to weight management,” said Lynn Rossy, a health psychologist for the UM System. “Traditional wellness programs focus on weight challenges in which participants are repeatedly weighing themselves. These actions can help participants initially lose weight, but often, people gain the weight back when the challenge is gone and the program is over.” More…