Study design and goals


Weight loss and maintenance...

Obesity is associated with higher risks for developing hypertension, dyslipidemia and diabetes mellitus, and greater incidence of cardiovascular disease and cancer. With more than 60% of the global population classified as at least overweight, obesity is a public health priority, calling for immediate action.
Weight loss improves health markers and overall quality of life. However, for sustained health improvements, weight loss, or at least part of it, needs to be maintained.

Our Study...

OrangesThe MedWeight Study aims to examine factors associated with weight loss maintenance. It consists of a registry, of people who managed to lose a substantial part of their starting body weight and are keeping it off, and also of people who lost weight but regained it.
Members of the registry provide us with data regarding their eating habits, body weight history, lifestyle habits, and various demographic and socio-psychological aspects, mainly through the study website and partially over the phone. Comparisons between the two groups (maintainers vs. regainers) will allow us to investigate which factors contribute to successful long-term weight loss maintenance. Moreover, to amplify our findings, we will prospectively follow our members’ weight course as well.


Findings implementation...

Through the website, we are able to regularly inform our volunteers on the study findings. Results from the MedWeight study will be disseminated by conducting seminars for health professionals in the field of body weight regulation, and also in issuing newsletters for the public. Click here if you wish to be informed of the study’s results.

The MedWeight Study is supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation.