The Effects of Two Workplace Weight Management Programs and Weight Loss on Health Care Utilization and Costs.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare the impact of two worksite weight management (WM [education] and WM+ [education plus counseling]) programs, on health care utilization and costs. Secondarily, compare the intervention groups to an observational control group of obese workers. Finally, evaluate the impact of actual weight loss on these outcomes. METHODS: Estimate the change in the WM and WM+ intervention groups. Using propensity score adjustment compare the two intervention groups with the observational control group; and compare those who lost weight with those who did not. RESULTS: No significant differences between the two intervention groups, or between these intervention groups and the observational control group. Those who lost weight reduced their overall health care costs. CONCLUSIONS: To achieve weight loss and associated morbidity reductions, more extensive and intensive interventions, with more attention to motivation and compliance, are required.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Østbye, T; Stroo, M; Eisenstein, EL; Dement, JM

Published Date

  • February 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 58 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 162 - 169

PubMed ID

  • 26849260

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4746003

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1536-5948

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000586


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States