Author(s): Kaul L, Nidiry JJ
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Abstract The Bariatrics Clinic at Howard University Hospital was initiated to help low-income African-American adults with low literacy skills in obesity control. Fourteen African-American women and two men participated in the study. Essential components of the treatment included nutrition education, exercise, and behavior modification related to food intake. The nutrition education component involved teaching nutritional needs, taking into account low literacy skills, low economic status, and individual food preferences. A realistic diet plan was based on individual needs, economic status, availability of food, likes and dislikes, lifestyle, and family dynamics. On average, patients lost 2 lb a week on this program. On average, a 14-lb weight loss occurred in seven weeks. There has been a 10\% dropout from this program as opposed to drop out rates of 40\% to 50\% with other treatments. The main reasons for the success of this program is that it is individualized and is sensitive to food preferences.
This article was published in J Natl Med Assoc
and referenced in Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals