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Short term effects of a weight loss and healthy lifestyle programme for overweight and obese men delivered by German football clubs

Citation
Pietsch B, Weisser B, Hanewinkel R, Gray C, Hunt K, Wyke S & Morgenstern M (2019) Short term effects of a weight loss and healthy lifestyle programme for overweight and obese men delivered by German football clubs. European Journal of Sport Science. https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2019.1660809

Abstract
Numbers of obese and overweight people continue to grow in Germany as they do worldwide. Men are affected more often but do less about it and few weight loss services attract men in particular. To evaluate the effectiveness of a men-only weight loss program, Football Fans in Training (FFIT), delivered by football clubs in the German Bundesliga, we did a non-randomized trial with a waiting list control group. Participants’ data were collected between January 2017 and July 2018. FFIT is a 12-week, group-based, weight loss program and was delivered in stadia and facilities of 15 professional German Bundesliga clubs. Inclusion criteria were age 35-65 years, BMI ≥ 28 and waist circumference ≥100 cm.. Clubs recruited participants through Social Media, E-Mail and match day advertisement. 477 German male football fans were allocated to the intervention group by order of registration date at their respective clubs. 84 participants on waiting list were allocated to the control group. Primary outcome was mean difference in weight loss with treatment condition over time as independent variable. We performed a multilevel mixed-effects linear regression analysis. Results were based on Intention-to-treat (ITT) analysis with Multiple Imputation.. After 12 weeks, the mean weight loss of the intervention group adjusted for club, course and participants' age was 6.24 kg (95 % CI 5.82 to 6.66) against 0.50 kg (-0.47 to 1.49) in the comparison group (p

Keywords
Weight loss; Health; Obesity; Male Behavior; Gender

Notes
Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
European Journal of Sport Science

StatusPublished
Author(s)Pietsch, Benjamin; Weisser, Burkhard; Hanewinkel, Reiner; Gray, Cindy; Hunt, Kate; Wyke, Sally; Morgenstern, Matthis
Publication date online08/09/2019
Date accepted by journal20/08/2019
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30003
ISSN1746-1391
eISSN1536-7290
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