Time to RE-AIM: Why Community Weight Loss Programs Should Be Included in Academic Obesity Research.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Despite decades of efficacy-based research on weight loss interventions, the obesity epidemic in the United States persists, especially in underserved populations. We used the RE-AIM (Reach, Efficacy/Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance) framework to describe the limitations of the current paradigm of efficacy-based research for weight loss interventions. We also used RE-AIM to propose that existing weight loss interventions (community-based programs) such as Jenny Craig, Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), and Weight Watchers be studied to supplement the efficacy-based research approaches to achieve population-level impact on obesity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mitchell, NS; Prochazka, AV; Glasgow, RE

Published Date

  • March 17, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 /

Start / End Page

  • E37 -

PubMed ID

  • 26986540

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4797476

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1545-1151

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5888/pcd13.150436


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States