Degree Name

Master of Public Health


Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences


This study compares fat loss of 45 Australian men involved in a correspondence 'waist' loss program' with participants in a group based 'waist' loss program (O'Neill 1993). The format of the correspondence program and the group based program is very similar. Initially, it was believed that the group based program may be more effective than the correspondence program, as the men in the correspondence program did not have group support. The correspondence participants received a kit containing audio cassettes, book, handouts and a tape measure to enable them to conduct their waist Joss program at home. Evaluation questionnaires were posted to the participants at the beginning and end of the six week fat loss program. They sent their waist measure into the program office at the end of each week. Hip measures were sent in at week one and week six of the program. The men in the group based program attended sessions for two hours, once a week, over a six week period. They received lectures, handouts, a book, and tape measure during the program. They completed their pre- and post-evaluation questionnaire at week one and week six of the program. Waist and hip measures were taken during the program at the same intervals as the correspondence course.