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Resources by Topic: Obesity and weight control

Comparing Costs of Telephone Versus Face-to-Face Extended Care Programs for the Management of Obesity in Rural Settings
Describes and compares program costs and cost-effectiveness for 12-month extended care lifestyle maintenance programs following an initial 6-month weight loss program for women in rural Florida. Delivery methods for extended care lifestyle programs include telephone counseling, group face-to-face counseling, and mailed newsletters without counseling.
Author(s): Tiffany Radcliff, Linda Bobroff, Lesley Lutes, et al.
Citation: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 112(9), 1363-1373
Date: 09/2012
Type: Document
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Effect of an Environmental School-Based Obesity Prevention Program on Changes in Body Fat and Body Weight: A Randomized Trial
Examines the efficacy of two school-based programs to prevent weight gain and increased body fat in overweight children, grades 4 through 6, from rural Louisiana communities. Includes baseline characteristics of the study population, statistics and data on changes in the percent body fat and BMI over time based on prevention strategies in the school-based programs.
Author(s): D. A. Williamson, C. M. Champagne, D. Harsha, et al.
Citation: Obesity, 20(8), 1653-1661
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
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Obesity-Related Hospitalizations, 2004 versus 2009
Provides data on hospital stays with obesity as a primary or secondary diagnosis. Table 1 provides information by location of patient residence, urban or rural, for obesity-related hospitalizations in 2004 and 2009.
Author(s): Audrey J. Weiss, Anne Elixhauser
Date: 07/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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More than Black and White: Differences in Predictors of Obesity among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders and European Americans
Analyzes predictors of obesity in rural Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Asian American, and European American undergraduate students by examining body mass index (BMI), exercise frequency, symptoms of psychiatric disorders, health outcomes, health status, and health behaviors.
Author(s): Alok Madan, Olga G. Archambeau, Vanessa A. Milsom, et al.
Citation: Obesity, 20(6), 1325-1328
Date: 06/2012
Type: Document
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Outcomes of a Weight Loss Intervention among Rural Breast Cancer Survivors
Examines a group weight loss program delivered to obese breast cancer survivors living in rural Kansas using conference call technology. Describes an intervention that includes a reduced calorie prepackaged diet, a gradual increase in physical activity, and weekly group phone sessions.
Author(s): Christie A. Befort, Jennifer R. Klemp, Heather Austin, et al.
Citation: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 132(2), 631-639
Date: 04/2012
Type: Document
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Telefit: Adapting a Multidisciplinary, Tertiary-Care Pediatric Obesity Clinic to Rural Populations
An overview of a tertiary-care hospital, with a pediatric obesity clinic, implementing telemedicine technology in four rural satellite clinics to reach rural children and to assess the impact on patients enrolling and remaining in pediatric obesity treatment.
Author(s): Megan B. Irby, Katherine A. Boles, Christine Jordan, et al.
Citation: Telemedicine Journal and e-Health, 18(3), 247-249
Date: 04/2012
Type: Document
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Weight Status of American Indian and White Elementary School Students Living in the Same Rural Environment, Oklahoma, 2005-2009
Compares statistics on American Indian and White students at three schools in Anadarko, Oklahoma, with categories ranging from underweight to very obese. Includes breakdowns by year, weight status, race, sex, and age.
Author(s): Amanda E. Janitz, William E. Moore, Aietah L. Stephens, Kathryn E. Abbott, June E. Eichner
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 9
Date: 03/2012
Type: Document
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American Indian Parents' Assessment of and Concern About Their Kindergarten Child's Weight Status, South Dakota, 2005-2006
Examines associations between sociodemographic characteristics and the probability of American Indian parents misclassifying their children's weight status. Includes statistical breakdowns by level of parental concern, ranging from not concerned to very concerned.
Author(s): Chrisa Arcan, Peter J. Hannan, John H. Himes, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 9
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
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Childhood Obesity Prevention in Rural Settings: Background, Rationale, and Study Design of '4-Health,' a Parent-only Intervention
Summarizes the development of a parent-centered obesity intervention program, implementation of a 4-Health Educational program for children currently active in 4-H Youth Development programs, and evaluation of the outcome measures in children and parents of rural Montana.
Author(s): Wesley C. Lynch, Jill Martz, Galen Eldridge, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 12, 255
Date: 2012
Type: Document
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Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults From Rural and Urban Areas of the United States: Findings From NHANES (2005–2008)
Examines rural and urban obesity rates using measured height and weight to calculate body mass index, rather than self-reported obesity rates. Also looks at demographics, diet, and physical activity as they relate to obesity for rural and urban residents. Uses data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
Author(s): Christie A. Befort, Niaman Nazir, Michael G. Perri
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 28(4), 392-397
Date: 2012
Type: Document
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