EFFICACY OF WEIGHT-LOSS TREATMENT IN SOCIAL SUPPORT
Social support in weight-loss treatment programs. Further, the involvement of a friends or family members in weight-loss treatment is most beneficial when the supporter loses weight themselves. Support of individual weight-loss efforts. Although much research has looked at the role of social support as a supplement to a behavioural weight loss program, very little research has focused on support systems for individuals attempting to lose weight without the aid of a weight loss program. The current research investigated four sub types of social support (informational, instrumental, emotional, appraisal), along with levels of support from partner, family, and friends.
As already noted, the effectiveness of social support has been investigated specifically in relation to weight-loss treatment programs. Wing and Jeffery reported that participants who enrolled in a treatment program concurrently with friends had a lower drop-out rate and higher weight-loss maintenance rate, indicating that the utilisation of natural sources of social support is important in successful weight-loss. Indeed, research indicates that individuals who maintain weight-loss subsequent to participation in a behavioural program have a larger support network and are more likely to seek support when struggling with weight-related issues.