General Information about Weight Cycling
    The number of overweight people in the United States continue to grow, from 25% in 1980 to 33% in 1991 (Kuczmarski, Flegal, Campbell, & Johnson, 1994).  This problem continues to grow despite the $33 billion American’s spend on weight loss programs every year (Colditz, 1992). In the United States the failure rates of diets are 90-95 percent (Popkess-Vawter 1998).  This outstanding rate of failure proves the point that the diet programs have not been designed to address the correct set of problems (Popkess-Vawter 1998).  These diet programs seem to neglect the fact that overweight conditions are a collection of physical, psychological, and social factors.  The programs seem only to be tackling one problem, and forgetting the others.  This study focused on women who were battling the weight cycling problem and normal weight women, these overweight women often associated the unpleasant feelings they had with overeating, while the normal weight women often associated overeating with pleasant feelings, often in a social setting.  The study explained, “The relationship between emotional eating and America’s overweight problem does not seem to be addressed adequately by many weight management programs” (Popkess-Vawter 1998).  This study concluded with the idea if overweight women would recognize mentally that their emotions were triggering the need for overeating they would be  a lot closer to solving their weight cycling problem.



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