Participation of Female Emerging Adults in a Theory- and Evidence-Based Behavioral Weight Loss Program

Academic Article


  • Emerging adults are less likely to participate in and more likely to drop out of behavioral weight loss programs. Thirty-five female emerging adults who dropped out of a behavioral weight loss program, Weight Loss For Life, completed an online survey. Main reasons for dropout relate to insufficient behavioral skills and unique characteristics of emerging adults, especially when in college (e.g., citing working and getting good grades to be more important than losing weight). Most desired >50% of program online, having virtual groups, and using small groups to model desirable behaviors. Around $140 and $180 seemed sufficient to them to encourage participation in all scheduled treatment sessions and reaching overall weight loss goal, respectively. Future behavioral weight loss programs for emerging adults may consider helping develop time management and task management, decision-making that focuses on longer term outcomes, and immediate tangible rewards similar to what college students typically receive after they complete each class assignment.
  • Authors

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 25083645
  • Author List

  • Johnson PH; Annesi JJ
  • Start Page

  • 45
  • End Page

  • 53
  • Volume

  • 41
  • Issue

  • 1