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Background: Overweight and obesity have a negative impact on health. Adipose tissue is the most accurate indicator of obesity.
Objective: To study the effectiveness of a weight management program by comparing body weight and adipose tissue before and after joining the program.
Methods: A weight control program of the personnel of the Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, was organized. It consisted of 1) individual counseling, 2) monthly healthy cooking group activities, 3) 3-day weekly exercise group activities, and 4) LINE group communication. The data were collected by a body composition measure and were analyzed, using descriptive statistics and paired t test statistics.
Results: A total of 78 participants had lower mean body weight after participating in the program than before participating in the program with significantly statistical implication (mean [SD], 64.8 [13.01] and 66.6 [13.09] kg, respectively; P < .05), and had lower mean adipose tissue than before participating in the program with significantly statistical implication (mean [SD], 34.6 [6.93] and 35.5 [6.97] % of body weight, respectively; P < .05).
Conclusions: The weight control program which focused on individuals and group activities as well as group communication was effective, enabling the participants to promote health behavior to better control weight.
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