The Drexel University Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (the WELL Center), in Philadelphia, PA, is an interdisciplinary clinical research center that aims to develop, test and disseminate new behavioral and technological solutions to the problems of weight management. Faculty members have been conducting NIH-funded research on weight loss programs for over 15 years. We study the effectiveness of different approaches to behavioral weight loss treatment. Typically, our programs provide about 20 sessions of treatment over the course of one year or more, at no cost to participants. Many of our programs provide treatment in a group format (similar to a class), in which participants learn skills for changing their eating and exercise behaviors. Our programs offer treatment remotely, so participants join from home via video conference or telephone. In most programs, regardless of treatment condition, participants receive gold standard behavioral weight loss treatment, which includes training in nutritional, behavioral and cognitive strategies. Behavioral weight loss programs produce an average weight loss of 10% of body weight for participants. Our weight loss programs do not involve medication.
Many of our studies are focused on long-term outcomes. Often participants are asked to do periodic study visits after treatment ends, so that we can follow your change in weight and behavior over time.
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