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A WEIGHT-LOSS PROGRAM FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS IN THAILAND: AN EVALUATION OF RELATED KNOWLEDGE, PREVAILING ATTITUDES, AND PROGRAM OUTCOMES FOR WEIGHT LOSS.

Millions of people, worldwide, struggle with being overweight or obese. Medical students, who will eventually become physicians, should be good role models for patients; however, some medical students are themselves overweight or obese. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a weight-loss program for medical students in Thailand. A six-month weight reduction program was designed consisted of three full-day sections that were scheduled, as follows: Day One, End of Week One, and End of Week Eight. The interventions incorporated various behavior modification strategies. Participant anthropometric measurements were recorded. Obesity-related knowledge, perception, attitude, and inappropriate weight-loss behaviors were obtained by validated questionnaire. At the end of the study, statistically significant weight loss was demonstrated (median 2.70 kg, p<0.05) compared to baseline. Moreover, participant knowledge significantly increased and inappropriate weight-loss behaviors significantly decreased (p<0.05 and p<0.05, respectively) compared to baseline. Given the demonstrated modest effectiveness of this low-intensity weight reduction program, this intervention should be considered as an effective education tool for medical students.

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