A Low Intervention Program for Weight Loss in Law Enforcement Officers

At the request of Texas state game wardens, a low intervention weight-loss program was implemented for 48 officers assigned to 3 law enforcement districts and the department headquarters staff. The program was designed to take advantage of the social interaction and support of wardens assigned to the same unit. At termination of the l4-week program, 90% of the participants had lost weight and mean weight loss for all officers was 8.6Ib. Weight-loss was related to initial weight of participants and to the district of assignment. Program cost was similar to those of other low intervention programs and substantially less than other types of weight loss programs.

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