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Dieting among Middle School Girls does not lead to weight gain
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Dieting among Middle School girls does not lead to weight gain according to a study from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Those who never dieted, gained weight; those who always dieted, lost weight
“[G]irls who reported ‘never’ dieting were most likely to have an increased BMI [that is, to be heavier] at the next measurement, and those who reported ‘always’ dieting were most likely to have a decreased BMI [that is, to be thinner],” the researchers noted.
“[This] does not mean that dieting to lose weight is appropriate, especially among young girls,” the researchers stated.
Subjects: 1358 girls, grades 6-9
The data was collected from 1358 female students in grades 6 to 9 from schools in Hayward, California, and Tucson, Arizona.
Senf J, Shisslak C, Crago M. Does dieting lead to weight gain? A four-year longitudinal study of middle school girls. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2006 Dec, 14(12):2236-41.
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Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of Arizona
1450 N. Cherry Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
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