Factors effecting an obesity reduction treatment programme in a secondary school : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Applied Psychology at Massey University /
The present study examined the effects of a 21 week programme on 9 obese adolescents in a school setting. The study's theme was chosen because research in the area of adolescent obesity is sparse. Self monitoring of intake, self monitoring of increased exercise, varying frequency of weighings and continuing instruction in the behavioural control of eating were used. Varying measures were examined to try to find predictors of the Ss' success probabilities and to describe psychological aspects associated with adolescent obesity. Significant correlations with weight loss indicated that: (a) gains in personal adjustment followed weight loss; (b) California Test of Personality Scores and Primary School Record Personal Effort Scores, were good predictors of success; (c) degree of self monitoring of intake and degree of family support were closely associated with success; It was found that: (d) increased exercise output was an important factor; (e) trends were present showing improved academic performance following weight loss; (f) obese adolescents had significantly more absences from school and were high risks for truancy and premature termination of schooling. These findings were discussed relative to the literature on obesity.