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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(2), 413-426; doi:10.3390/ijerph7020413

Nutritionist’s Variation in Counseling Style and the Effect on Weight Change of Patients Attending a Community Based Lifestyle Modification Program

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Department of Medicine & Therapeutics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Centre for Nutritional Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Received: 1 December 2009 / Accepted: 1 February 2010 / Published: 2 February 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Behavior and Public Health)
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Abstract

Information concerning the nature of nutritionist-patient relationships is very limited. This qualitative and quantitative study examined nutritionist’s skills, attributes, and beliefs towards nutrition counseling during a lifestyle modification intervention program, and whether this affected the patient’s weight outcome. 24 nutrition consultations were observed during the program and the nutritionists were interviewed for their perception on practice (n = 4). A statistically significant difference was observed between the nutritionists in regard to patient’s weight change after adjustment for age and baseline weight (p < 0.001). Key nutritionist skills identified that influenced weight outcome were meticulous investigation of the underlying obesity cause, identification of the subject’s stage of change, and psychological support.
Keywords: dietary adherence; lifestyle modification; weight management; obesity dietary adherence; lifestyle modification; weight management; obesity
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Lok, K.Y.W.; Chan, R.S.M.; Sea, M.M.M.; Woo, J. Nutritionist’s Variation in Counseling Style and the Effect on Weight Change of Patients Attending a Community Based Lifestyle Modification Program. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 413-426.

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