National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) definition

A group of over 5,000 adults who have lost at least 30 lbs and kept it off for at least one year.

These adults have actually have lost anywhere from 30-300 lbs and kept it off for 1-66 years and have voluntarily registered to become members of the registry.

The registry was created to identify characteristics, strategies, and habits of those who have been successful at losing weight and keeping it off. Members complete detailed questionnaires and annual follow-up surveys to provide this information.

Studies published by the NWCR have answered the following questions:

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