[Motivation for weight loss among weight loss treatment participants]

Orv Hetil. 2017 Dec;158(49):1960-1967. doi: 10.1556/650.2017.30854.
[Article in Hu]


Introduction: Unrealistic expectations about weight goal and about weight loss-related benefits can hinder the effort for a successful long-term weight control.

Aim: To explore weight loss-related goals and their background among overweight/obese patients.

Method: Study sample consisted of patients who participated in the inpatient weight loss treatment in the Lipidological Department of Szent Imre Hospital (n = 339, 19% men). Mean age: 50.2 years (SD = 13.47 years), mean BMI: 38.6 (SD = 7.58).

Measures: self-reported anthropometric data, type and number of treated illnesses, Goals and Relative Weights Questionnaire, Motivations for Weight Loss Scale, Body Shape Questionnaire.

Results: Participants would feel disappointed with a possible 10% weight loss in a half-year time span. The acceptable weight loss percentage was higher among women, younger participants and among those who had more excess weight. Motivation regarding the increase in social desirability by weight loss is in association with body dissatisfaction, health related motivation is in association with the number of treated illnesses.

Conclusions: Our results are contributing to the understanding of motivational factors behind weight reduction efforts, considering these can improve treatment success rates. Orv Hetil. 2017; 158(49): 1960-1967.

Keywords: elhízás; motivation; motiváció; obesity; súlycél; testsúlykontroll; weight control; weight goal.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Body Image
  • Female
  • Goals*
  • Humans
  • Hungary
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation
  • Obesity / psychology
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Self Efficacy*
  • Sex Factors
  • Weight Loss*