Table 1

Baseline general and nutritional characteristics of the entire study cohort stratified according to the presence or absence of attrition (noncompleters and completers)
Entire cohort (n = 98) Noncompleters (n = 56) Completers (n = 42) t-test and P value
Age (years) 44.8 ± 14.2 43.1 ± 15.0 47.2 ± 12.7 t = 1.5, p = 0.150
Weight (Kg) 98.3 ± 17.5 97.3 ± 14.9 99.7 ± 20.6 t = 0.6, p = 0.530
Height (cm) 166.8 ± 9.7 166.9 ± 9.0 166.6 ± 10.6 t = -0.2, p = 0.879
Body mass index (kg/m2) 35.2 ± 4.8 34.9 ± 4.5 35.7 ± 5.1 t = 0.8, p = 0.413
Systolic blood pressure (mmHg) 136.5 ± 14.9 134.1 ± 14.5 139.8 ± 15.1 t = 1.9, p = 0.064
Diastolic blood pressure (mmHg) 89.9 ± 10.7 87.8 ± 9.7 92.7 ± 11.4 t = 2.3, p = 0.022
Waist circumference (cm) 110.1 ± 12.5 109.1 ± 11.9 111.4 ± 13.3 t = 0.9, p = 0.382
Hip circumference (cm) 119.5 ± 12.4 118.7 ± 9.2 120.8 ± 16.4 t = 0.6, p = 0.529
Waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) 0.92 ± 0.10 0.91 ± 0.10 0.93 ± 0.10 t = 0.9, p = 0.384
%BF skinfold thickness 39.6 ± 5.7 38.5 ± 6.4 41.2 ± 4.4 t = 2.5, p = 0.015
Highest weight in adult age (Kg) 100.2 ± 19.7 99.1 ± 16.7 101.6 ± 23.2 t = 0.5, p = 0.592
Lowest weight in adult age (Kg) 66.7 ± 13.1 67.7 ± 13.0 65.5 ± 13.4 t = -0.7, p = 0.475
Age at first dieting attempt (years) 27.4 ± 11.5 24.0 ± 10.7 31.3 ± 11.2 t = 2.9, p = 0.005
Weight loss goal (kg) 23.6 ± 13.2 23.3 ± 11.7 23.9 ± 15.2 t = 0.2, p = 0.838
Weight loss goal (%) 23.1 ± 9.8 23.6 ± 9.3 22.4 ± 10.6 t = -0.5, p = 0.595

Data are expressed as means ± standard deviation and compared using unpaired Student’s t-tests.

Colombo et al.

Colombo et al. Nutrition Journal 2014 13:13   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-13-13

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