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Motivation, self-determination, and long-term weight control

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, January 2012
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6 news outlets
blogs
2 blogs
policy
1 policy source
twitter
16 tweeters
facebook
5 Facebook pages
video
1 video uploader

Citations

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218 Dimensions

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470 Mendeley
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Title
Motivation, self-determination, and long-term weight control
Published in
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, January 2012
DOI 10.1186/1479-5868-9-22
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Authors

Pedro J Teixeira, Marlene N Silva, Jutta Mata, António L Palmeira, David Markland

Abstract

This article explores the topics of motivation and self-regulation in the context of weight management and related behaviors. We focus on the role of a qualitative approach to address motivation--not only considering the level but also type of motivation--in weight control and related behaviors. We critically discuss the operationalization of motivation in current weight control programs, present a complementary approach to understanding motivation based on self-determination theory, and review empirical findings from weight control studies that have used self-determination theory measures and assessed their association with weight outcomes. Weight loss studies which used Motivational Interviewing (MI) are also reviewed, considering MI's focus on enhancing internal motivation. We hypothesize that current weight control interventions may have been less successful with weight maintenance in part due to their relative disregard of qualitative dimensions of motivation, such as level of perceived autonomy, often resulting in a motivational disconnect between weight loss and weight-related behaviors. We suggest that if individuals fully endorse weight loss-related behavioral goals and feel not just competent but also autonomous about reaching them, as suggested by self-determination theory, their efforts are more likely to result in long-lasting behavior change.

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 6 1%
Malaysia 3 <1%
United Kingdom 3 <1%
Norway 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Unknown 453 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 97 21%
Student > Master 91 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 87 19%
Researcher 46 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 34 7%
Other 81 17%
Unknown 34 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 104 22%
Medicine and Dentistry 78 17%
Nursing and Health Professions 56 12%
Social Sciences 41 9%
Sports and Recreations 41 9%
Other 96 20%
Unknown 54 11%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 85. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 16 February 2021.
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#317,721
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Outputs from International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
#97
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#1,570
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Outputs of similar age from International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
#1
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