Long-Term Weight Loss and Breakfast in Subjects in the National Weight Control Registry
Article first published online: 6 SEP 2012
2002 North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO)
Volume 10, Issue 2, pages 78–82, February 2002
How to Cite
Wyatt, H. R., Grunwald, G. K., Mosca, C. L., Klem, M. L., Wing, R. R. and Hill, J. O. (2002), Long-Term Weight Loss and Breakfast in Subjects in the National Weight Control Registry. Obesity Research, 10: 78–82. doi: 10.1038/oby.2002.13
- Issue published online: 6 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 6 SEP 2012
- Submitted for publication June 28, 2001. Accepted for publication in final form November 26, 2001
- eating behavior;
- weight maintenance;
- National Weight Control Registry
Objective: To examine breakfast consumption in subjects maintaining a weight loss in the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR).
Research Methods and Procedures: A cross-sectional study in which 2959 subjects in the NWCR completed demographic and weight history questionnaires as well as questions about their current breakfast consumption. All subjects had maintained a weight loss of at least 13.6 kg (30 lb) for at least 1 year; on average these subjects had lost 32 kg and kept it off for 6 years.
Results: A large proportion of NWCR subjects (2313 or 78%) reported regularly eating breakfast every day of the week. Only 114 subjects (4%) reported never eating breakfast. There was no difference in reported energy intake between breakfast eaters and non-eaters, but breakfast eaters reported slightly more physical activity than non-breakfast eaters (p = 0.05).
Discussion: Eating breakfast is a characteristic common to successful weight loss maintainers and may be a factor in their success.