Weighing the evidence: benefits of regular weight monitoring for weight control

J Nutr Educ Behav. 2005 Nov-Dec;37(6):319-22. doi: 10.1016/s1499-4046(06)60163-2.


We address the assertion that weighing obese patients in weight loss programs can be a source of distress and can lead to unfavorable outcomes. Examination of the relevant literature suggests that there is no evidence that weighing by weight loss participants is a cause of negative mood or of body dissatisfaction. Further, there is little evidence that negative mood states or body dissatisfaction lead to a poor outcome in weight loss programs. To the contrary, a number of studies consistently show that more frequent weighing is associated with better weight loss and maintenance. We offer suggestions for dealing with this issue in clinical practice.

MeSH terms

  • Body Weight / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Obesity / psychology*
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Self Care
  • Weight Loss