Does adherence to a motivational counseling program impact weight loss?

  • M. Allison Ford
  • Mary A. Haskins
  • Vinayak K. Nahar Center for Animal and Human Health in Appalachia, College of Veterinary Medicine, DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, and School of Mathematics and Sciences, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN 37752, USA
Keywords: College health, motivational counseling, preventive health, weight management


Objective: Given the health-care cost and prevalence of preventative health disparities across today’s population, it is not surprising that the recent health-care legislation has aimed to address preventative health initiatives. Specifically, weight management counseling is a preventative health initiative that the affordable care act has emphasized. We evaluated motivational counseling (MC) for weight management in a college aged population and to what extent adherence to the program impacts the magnitude of weight loss.

Methods: A total of 120 southeastern US college students from 2009 to 2013 participated in weekly counseling sessions lasting 15-30 min focused on weight management.

Results: The study findings indicated a 51% greater weight loss in participants with greater adherence to the MC program. There were no differences across gender or race.

Conclusion: These findings indicate that motivation counseling is an effect modality for addressing obesity-related preventive health disparities.

How to Cite
Ford, M. A., Haskins, M., & Nahar, V. (2017). Does adherence to a motivational counseling program impact weight loss?. International Journal of Health Sciences, 11(4). Retrieved from
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