CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- According to recent findings
presented at the 2005 North American Association for the Study of Obesity
(NAASO) Annual Scientific Meeting, the Jenny Craig program demonstrated
significantly greater initial weight loss than self-help plus brief diet
counseling. Preliminary results showed that Jenny Craig subjects lost
approximately 8 percent of their initial weight at 6 months, as compared to
the less than 1 percent of initial weight loss experienced by those who had
usual care alone.
Additionally, the study found that the Jenny Craig program not only
promotes successful weight loss, it also provides heart health benefits, due
to a significant reduction in triglycerides and improved cardiopulmonary
fitness. As indicated by an increase in levels of blood carotenoids, the
study suggests that Jenny Craig subjects also increased their intake of fruits
and vegetables, which potentially offers both nutritional and health benefits.
"This is the first time the core components of the Jenny Craig program --
nutritionally balanced portion control, exercise and individualized,
motivation-based counseling -- have been studied in this combination," says
Cheryl L. Rock, PhD, RD, Professor of Family & Preventive Medicine, University
of California, San Diego. "These interim results show that people can be more
successful with this multifaceted, structured approach."
Nearly 100 million adults are overweight or obese in the United States,
which can lead to serious diseases such as, diabetes, heart disease,
hypertension and certain types of cancer. A five to ten percent reduction in
body weight reduces the risk for several of these diseases.(1)
"We have thousands of documented success stories with the Jenny Craig
program and are pleased to see it validated in a clinical trial as well," says
Patti Larchet, CEO of Jenny Craig. "Successful weight loss requires a
comprehensive approach. Jenny Craig offers a complete package and we have the
tools in place to help our Clients meet their goals."
About the Trial
The 24-week trial titled, "Randomized Trial of A Multifaceted Commercial
Weight Loss Program," studied people who were 18 years and older and at least
33 pounds over ideal weight, with BMIs greater than 25. Subjects were
stratified by BMI and age, and randomly assigned to the Jenny Craig weight
loss program or the usual care group. The Jenny Craig subjects received all
Jenny Craig weight loss program activities, materials and food as needed, free
of charge. The usual care group received standard weight loss consultations
with a registered dietitian, free of charge, at randomization and six months.
Key findings include an average weight loss of 7.8 percent and a significant
reduction in triglycerides over a six-month period in the Jenny Craig group,
compared to a 0.3 percent weight loss in the control group and no change in
These data follow an evaluation last year from The Cooper Institute
indicating that Jenny Craig program effectiveness meets or exceeds rates of
weight loss achieved with intense behavioral or medical treatments, citing
overall weight losses of 8 percent, 12 percent and 15 percent, based on ninety
percent attendance of weekly consultations for 10, 26 and 52 weeks of active
participation in the program.
About Jenny Craig
Jenny Craig is committed to a personalized approach to weight loss by
offering clients a one-on-one weekly consultation and a customized weight
management plan designed to optimize individual success. The Jenny Craig
program is a long-term "Food-Body-Mind" solution that helps clients manage
their weight by creating a healthy relationship with food, building an active
lifestyle and developing a balanced approach to living.
Jenny Craig, Inc., based in Carlsbad, CA, is one of the world's largest
weight management companies, with approximately 650 Centres in the United
States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico.
(1) The Practical Guide: Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of
Overweight and Obesity in Adults; NHLBI.
http://www.naaso.org/information/practicalguide.asp. Nov. 2005
SOURCE Jenny Craig