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Study: Nearly half drop out of weight-loss programs

August 2, 2012 |

Nearly half of participants in weight-loss programs drop out before  completing them, according to a new study.

The researchers found that 43 percent of participants in one weight-loss  program — including some who underwent bariatric surgery — dropped out of the program before  dropping the desired pounds.

Among participants who had undergone the surgery, the drop-out rate was 12  percent, while the rate was 54 percent among those who had not undergone the  surgery.

These drop-out rates are in line with those seen in other studies, and they  are a barrier to reducing obesity rates, the researchers said.

The big difference between the drop-out rates of those who underwent surgery  and those who didn’t may yield clues to what motivates people to stay in their  programs, the researchers said.

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Source:  by Susan E. Matthews for MyHealthyNewsDaily at

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