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Persistent metabolic adaptation 6 years after “The Biggest Loser” competition

Overview of attention for article published in Obesity, May 2016
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Title
Persistent metabolic adaptation 6 years after “The Biggest Loser” competition
Published in
Obesity, May 2016
DOI 10.1002/oby.21538
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Authors

Erin Fothergill, Juen Guo, Lilian Howard, Jennifer C. Kerns, Nicolas D. Knuth, Robert Brychta, Kong Y. Chen, Monica C. Skarulis, Mary Walter, Peter J. Walter, Kevin D. Hall

Abstract

To measure long-term changes in resting metabolic rate (RMR) and body composition in participants of "The Biggest Loser" competition. Body composition was measured by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, and RMR was determined by indirect calorimetry at baseline, at the end of the 30-week competition and 6 years later. Metabolic adaptation was defined as the residual RMR after adjusting for changes in body composition and age. Of the 16 "Biggest Loser" competitors originally investigated, 14 participated in this follow-up study. Weight loss at the end of the competition was (mean ± SD) 58.3 ± 24.9 kg (P < 0.0001), and RMR decreased by 610 ± 483 kcal/day (P = 0.0004). After 6 years, 41.0 ± 31.3 kg of the lost weight was regained (P = 0.0002), while RMR was 704 ± 427 kcal/day below baseline (P < 0.0001) and metabolic adaptation was -499 ± 207 kcal/day (P < 0.0001). Weight regain was not significantly correlated with metabolic adaptation at the competition's end (r = -0.1, P = 0.75), but those subjects maintaining greater weight loss at 6 years also experienced greater concurrent metabolic slowing (r = 0.59, P = 0.025). Metabolic adaptation persists over time and is likely a proportional, but incomplete, response to contemporaneous efforts to reduce body weight.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 <1%
Norway 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
New Zealand 1 <1%
Unknown 458 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 84 18%
Student > Bachelor 72 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 71 15%
Researcher 57 12%
Other 47 10%
Other 135 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 115 25%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 68 15%
Sports and Recreations 58 12%
Unspecified 52 11%
Nursing and Health Professions 52 11%
Other 121 26%

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