Daily self-weighing and weight gain prevention: a longitudinal study of college-aged women

J Behav Med. 2017 Oct;40(5):846-853. doi: 10.1007/s10865-017-9870-y. Epub 2017 Jul 8.


Daily self-weighing has been suggested as an important factor for weight loss maintenance among samples with obesity. This study is a secondary analysis that examined daily self-weighing in association with weight and body composition outcomes over 2 years among young women with vulnerability for weight gain. Women (N = 294) of varying weight status completed self-weighing frequency questionnaires and weight was measured in the clinic at baseline, 6 months, 1, and 2 years; DXA scans were completed at baseline, 6 months and 2 years. Multilevel models examined the relationship between daily self-weighing (at any point in the study) and trajectories of BMI and body fat percentage. Daily self-weighing was associated with significant declines in BMI and body fat percent over time. Future research is needed to examine causal relations between daily self-weighing and weight gain prevention. Nonetheless, these data extend the possibility that daily self-weighing may be important for prevention of unwanted weight gain.

Keywords: Body fat change; Longitudinal; Obesity prevention; Self-weighing; Weight change.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Body Composition
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Weight Maintenance*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Overweight / prevention & control*
  • Time Factors
  • Weight Gain*
  • Young Adult