The study was designed to evaluate the effects of traditional versus biobehavioral information about dieting among individuals in early stages of dieting behavior. Forty-eight participants were presented with a message emphasizing the traditional information that weight loss is only a matter of will-power. Forty-eight participants were presented with biobehavioral information that explained why dieting is often ineffective and that other approaches could be used constructively to achieve weight loss. Twenty-four participants received a control message that was unrelated to weight Joss. The biobehavioral message was expected to result in decreases in self-blaming attributions. This was true only for those participants that had been overweight since childhood. Six current books on weight loss written from a Christian perspective are reviewed based upon the results of the study.
McMinn, Mark R. and James, Stephen B., "Traditional and Biobehavioral Information in Dieting: The Anticipated Effects of Christian Weight Loss Literature" (1987). Faculty Publications - Grad School of Clinical Psychology. 221.