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Study shows non-profit, low-cost weight loss program has long-term results

Those who stayed in TOPS program kept weight off

​David Kelly - University Communications

AURORA, Colo. – As America’s obesity epidemic continues to grow, a new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz
Medical Campus
 shows that a low-cost, non-profit weight loss program offers the kind of long-term results that often elude dieters.
“We know that people lose weight and then gain it back,” said study author Nia S. Mitchell, MD, MPH, a researcher with the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Anschutz
Health and Wellness Center at CU Anschutz
. “In this case, we found that people who renewed their annual membership in the program lost a clinically significant amount of weight and kept it off.
Clinically significant weight loss is defined as losing 5 percent or more of one’s body weight, because weight-related medical conditions, such as diabetes, can improve with that level of weight loss.
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