Weight Loss: Self Help vs Commercial Programs

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Weight Loss: Self Help vs Commercial Programs
According to The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), in the 2009-2010 2 out of 3 adults living in the United States are considered to be overweight or obese. More shockingly, about one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be overweight or obese (1). Why are these statistics significant? “These statistics are important because there are a lot of health related problems that come with being overweight and obese. Health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some forms of cancer, and other health problems are linked to overweight and obese adults (1).” It is mindboggling 2 out of 3 Americans
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This may mean that support can help reach the results they want. Weight Watchers is just one commercial program that provides a lot of support. (What were the findings? Who lost more weight, and why?
In general commercials programs include a lot of resources. When people are getting a lot of help and support from peers, they may be more likely to believe they can achieve their weight goals. In 2004, Witherspoon and Rosenzweig research the effectiveness of commercial weight loss programs, looking into Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, and L.A. Weight Loss Center, which offers similar resources to their customers. All three of these programs offer some type of social support, whether it is from a health consultant or a health counselor. Having a good support team can really have a positive impact on a person’s self-esteem, and he or she may be more likely to perform better because of it. (What were the findings in W&R study? Who did better and why?)

Although commercial help has a lot to offer, it is not the answer for every person who wants to lose weight. Some people just do better on their own. For instance, not all people are comfortable sharing their weight loss goals with others; it could also be the cost. On average, a 50 lbs weight lost program (2 lbs per week), can cost a person $1,964 for Jenny Craig, $1,149 for LA Weight

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