The Clinical Utility Of The Lifestyle For Weight Management Questionnaire | 40243
Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy
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Background: Previous research has suggested multiple behavioral changes are often necessary for weight loss. However the
identification of multiple behavioral patterns may be impractical in many clinical situations. The Lifestyle for Weight Management
Questionnaire (LWMQ) was created to assist clinicians in the rapid identification of problematic behavioral patterns, assess motivation
to change and identify body image disturbance.
Objective: To analyze the statistical properties of the LWMQ on a sample of college students.
Method: 118 college students completed the LWMQ and provided information regarding their weight history. A composite lifestyle
score was computed to rate participants’ overall lifestyle patterns.
Results: Significant differences in overall lifestyle scores were found between individuals losing, maintaining or gaining weight
(means=86.9; 46.1 and 20.7, p<0.001). Despite this, the mean lifestyle score of an individual trying to lose weight was 51.9. Significant
differences also existed in feelings of guilt and shame and body dissatisfaction between normal weight and obese participants (p<0.05).
Discussion & Conclusions: The LWMQ is a potentially useful clinical tool to enhance clinical interviews related to weight management
counseling. Individuals trying to lose weight may often underestimate the amount of lifestyle changes necessary for weight loss. Obese
individuals’ likely experience increased negative emotions related to body image and eating. Further research should examine how
the LWMQ performs with different populations.
Christopher D Anderson is the Psychology Lecturer in the Behavioral Science Department at Utah Valley University. He has received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Brigham Young University in June, 2015. He has completed his Pre-doctoral Clinical Training as a Health Psychology intern at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland, OH in 2014.