Week 1: New Year’s Resolutions, part 2

Since we’re on the subject:

#1: Self-initiated attempts to change behavior: a study of New Year’s Resolutions.

Study design: 382 college students answered a questionnaire about their New Year’s resolutions. They were monitored (in-person weigh-ins for weight loss, questionnaires for others) at varying frequencies, to explore the role of monitoring in behavior change.

Findings: weigh-ins didn’t help at all with weight loss (there was actually a borderline result that the monitored group gained weight). The most frequently broken categories of resolutions were smoking (60% broken at 15 weeks), physical health (64%), and personal behavior (31%), at an average of 41-44 days.

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