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Table 4 Number of Obesity Counseling Practices by Patients' Motivation Level and Intention to Eat Better and Exercise

From: Physicians' use of the 5As in counseling obese patients: is the quality of counseling associated with patients' motivation and intention to lose weight?

Outcomes   Mean Number Counseling Practices (SD) F (p) Post Hoc Difference (Bonferroni)
Motivation     
How motivated are you to make changes related to your weight? Not at All (1) 3.30 (4.11) F = 3.55
(p = .016)
2<4
  Only a Little (2) 2.50 (2.59)   
  Somewhat (3) 6.12 (4.79)   
  Very (4) 5.47 (4.55)   
Intentions     
How true of you is it that in the next month, you have a specific plan to eat better Not at All (1) 1.36 (1.50) F = 8.425
(p < .001)
1,2,3<4
  Only a Little (2) 3.11 (3.61)   
  Somewhat (3) 4.61 (4.59)   
  Very (4) 6.93 (4.59)   
How true of you is it that in the next month, you have a specific plan to get more exercise Not at All (1) 2.26 (3.54) F = 5.08
(p = .002)
1<3,4
  Only a Little (2) 3.67 (3.81)   
  Somewhat (3) 5.76 (4.43)   
  Very (4) 6.36 (4.69)