The Pryor Times

April 21, 2012

Study says TOPS works


— Recent findings from the largest study of a weight-loss program in the United States indicates that Taking Off Pounds Sensibly club is associated with clinically significant weight loss among participants who remain in the program at least one year.

According to a study published in “Obesity,” the official journal of The Obesity Society, TOPS participants who renewed their membership consecutively over one to three years lost between 5.9 percent and 7.1 percent of their initial weight. People who remained in the program lost 6 percent of initial weight in the first year and maintained that weight loss for up to three years.

The Institute of Medicine defines successful long-term weight loss as “losing at least 5 percent of body weight ... by the completion of a weight-loss program ... and keeping it ... for at least one year.”

TOPS chapters are led by volunteers elected by their peers, providing camaraderie, support and recognition that develop from regular meetings.

Visitors may attend their first TOPS meeting free. For information, telephone (918) 825-0631 or (918) 785-4074.