Today : Tuesday - Sep 16, 2014, 11:03pm (GMT+5.5)
All News  
Top News
National News
International News
Business News
Sports News
   » Cricket
   » Football
Entertainment News
Sci - Tech
Politics News
Health & Fitness
Gulf News
::| Latest News
News in Pictures

Nelson Mandela, who is although seriously sick, is the one making decisions about his own fate, his daughter has said.The comments were made by Zindzi in a joint interview with mother, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, with British television ITN.They both were critical of public discussions about whether or not the family should keep the ailing Nobel peace laureate alive, reports.

Health & Fitness

Women ‘meeting for weight loss programs in church are more successful’

Saturday - Feb 04, 2012, 03:22pm (GMT+5.5)
[+] Text [-]

Women ‘meeting for weight loss programs in church are more successful’Washington -  Location as well as the level of experience may influence the success of individuals undertaking a weight loss programs, a new study has claimed.

According to the new study, African American women beginning a new group weight loss program are more successful if they are less experienced with weight management and if the  program meets in a church.

The authors of this new study monitored two groups of women in the same weight loss program. One group met weekly at a university and the other group met in a church.

After 13 weeks, they found that the women meeting in the church setting lost a greater percentage of weight than those who met at the university. Additionally, those women who set out to  change their eating and exercise practices for the first time lost a greater percentage of weight than women who had experience managing their weight.

Researchers Tracy Sbrocco, Robyn Osborn, Robert D. Clark, Chiao-Wen Hsiao, and Michele M. Carter studied 55 African American women, ages 18 to 55, involved in a 13-week  weight-management program designed to promote long-term diet and exercise practices that produce moderate but lasting weight loss.

Of these 55 women, 19 met together in a church and 36 met at a medical school in the area. All participants were weighed and had physical fitness tests at pre- and post-treatment.

The authors provided possible explanations for their findings by stating that women with weight-loss experience may find it more difficult to lose weight when starting a new program  because they are less likely to seek and accept social support for their efforts and are unable to shake the bad habits that they have learned in past weight-loss programs.

Furthermore, they explained that churches are familiar environments that are conducive to lending encouragement and support.

“Church-based groups have a built-in social support system that allows members to see each other, check in, and follow up on behaviour changes,” the authors said.

“Whereas individuals who attended the university often rushed into groups as they began and left as soon as the groups ended, individuals in the church setting were more likely to linger  before and after group times,” they said.

The study has been published in The Journal of Black Psychology.


Rating (Votes: )   

blog comments powered by Disqus

Other Articles:
Bird flu case surfaces in Bhubaneswar (4th Feb, 2012)
Surgical procedure repairs severed nerves (4th Feb, 2012)
Digitized medical records for Delhi public hospitals (4th Feb, 2012)
New anti-clotting pill better at cutting stroke risk than old treatments (4th Feb, 2012)
Number of drinks ‘not enough to define bingeing’ (4th Feb, 2012)
HIV infections double in older population in 10 years (4th Feb, 2012)
How red wine keeps us healthy (3rd Feb, 2012)
Exercise even if intermittent improves blood glucose control for diabetics (3rd Feb, 2012)
Delhi study shows growth in early life may predict adult bone health (3rd Feb, 2012)
Its official! Drinking coffee cuts fibrosis risk in those with fatty liver disease (3rd Feb, 2012)
Malaria deaths may be double than estimated (3rd Feb, 2012)
Four in five diabetics live in developing countries (3rd Feb, 2012)
Vitamin D deficiency may cause infertility (3rd Feb, 2012)
Heart disease deadlier for women than cancer (3rd Feb, 2012)
Massage helps ‘speed up muscle recovery’ (2nd Feb, 2012)
Head patch can monitor strokes better (2nd Feb, 2012)
Sleep deprivation can cause night-time urination in kids (2nd Feb, 2012)
Mumbai hospital offers tips to tackle mass casualties in terror attack (2nd Feb, 2012)
Purple potatoes ‘can help cut blood pressure without piling on pounds’ (2nd Feb, 2012)
Decaffeinated coffee may help prevent and treat memory decline (2nd Feb, 2012)
How vigorous exercise cuts prostate cancer progression risk (2nd Feb, 2012)
Horse tranquilliser ‘could make depression vanish almost instantly’ (2nd Feb, 2012)
Soon, ‘twinkling’ ultrasound technology to help treat kidney stones (1st Feb, 2012)
New online test aims to cut deaths from asthma attacks (1st Feb, 2012)
Infant mortality rate down 3 points in India (1st Feb, 2012)

Contact Us | Advertise with Us | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use