Obesity Level and Attrition: Support for Patient‐Treatment Matching in Obesity Treatment

Matthew M. Clark, Barrie J. Guise, Raymond S. Niaura

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Obesity treatment studies report attrition rates front 20% to 45%. To reduce attrition, researchers have proposed matching patients to treatment based upon level of obesity. The current study attempted to validate the commonly held assumption that a mismatch between obesity level and treatment will promote attrition. The level of obesity and attrition rates of 39 adults who enrolled in a 12‐session behavior therapy program were examined. As obesity level increased, so did attrition. Sixty‐nine percent of subjects with mild obesity, 43% of subjects with moderate obesity and 0% of subjects with severe obesity completed treatment. 1995 North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-64
Number of pages2
JournalObesity Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1995


  • attrition
  • obesity level

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Food Science
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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