What are the benefits of culturally adapted weight-loss programs for obesity?

Updated: Jun 09, 2021
  • Author: Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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A study of approximately 200 obese black women, the Obesity Reduction Black Intervention Trial (ORBIT), found evidence that greater weight loss can be achieved with a culturally adapted weight-loss program than with a more general health program. [118]

In ORBIT, the women randomized to a 6-month, culturally adapted program aimed at altering dietary and physical activity patterns (followed by 1 year of maintenance intervention) lost significantly more weight than did participants in a general program. Despite this success, however, the average weight loss in the culturally adapted program was still relatively modest, and the amount of weight loss varied greatly among the women in the program.


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