Two-year outcomes of an adjunctive telephone coaching and electronic contact intervention for adolescent weight-loss maintenance: the Loozit randomized controlled trial.

April 18, 2013

Source: International Journal of Obesity, 2013, 37 (3), p. 468-472.

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Date of publication: March, 2013.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This article examines the results of additional therapeutic contact (ATC) as an adjunct to a community-based weight-management program for overweight and obese 13–16-year-olds. Whilst adjunctive ATC did not provide further benefits to the Loozit group program, the authors suggest further work is needed to optimize technological support for adolescents in weight-loss maintenance.

Length of publication: 5 pages.

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Lose Weight: Getting started.

February 8, 2013

Source: NHS Choices.
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Date of publication: December, 2012.
Publication type: News item.
In a nutshell: NHS Choices recently launched Lose Weight: Getting started a 12 week plan to aid weight loss. Now NHS Choices, in conjunction with HealthUnlocked, has launched an online weight loss community to support those following this plan.
Length of publication: 1 web page.
Some important notes: Follow this link to access the online community mentioned in the article.


Behavioural and motivational factors associated with weight loss and maintenance in a commercial weight management programme.

December 13, 2012

Source: The Open Obesity Journal, 2012, 4, p. 35-43.

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Date of publication: 16th November, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study co-produced by Slimming World and the University of Surrey looked at behaviour changes and key motivators of study participants who managed sustained weight loss. Findings revealed that thhose who were more successful wanted to lose weight for themselves and that maintaining weight loss was linked to to successfully changing eating and other food-related behaviours.

Length of publication: 9 pages.


A school-based obesity control programme: Project Energize. Two-year outcomes

February 21, 2012

Source: British Journal of Nutrition, 2012, 107 (4), p. 581–587

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Date of publication: February, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This paper looks at the outcomes of the New Zealand-based Project Energise, a longitudinal randomised controlled study which examined how nutrition and physical activity interventions in school age children can help to reduce excess weight gain and the risk of chronic disease.

Length of publication: 7 pages.


Top ten diets review

January 9, 2012

 Source: NHS Choices

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Date of publication: 20th December, 2011

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: The British Dietetic Association (BDA) takes a look at ten of the most popular commercial diets in the UK and delivers a verdict on the pros and cons of each of them.

Length of publication: 1 web page.


Parents’ views and experiences of childhood obesity management in primary care: a qualitative study.

December 1, 2011

Source: Family Practice, 2011, doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmr111

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Date of publication: 24th November, 2011.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: A study examining the views and experiences of parents of primary care as a treatment setting for childhood obesity management.  In-depth interviews found that parents expressed concerns about initiating a consultation for fear of being blamed for their child’s weight and were concerned about their child’s mental well-being.  Similarly, concerns were expressed about the knowledge, time and resources allocated to childhood obesity management in this setting.  The authors suggested that a multi-disciplinary approach may help address some of these concerns and provide a more effective service.

Length of publication: Epub ahead of print.

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


Fat, pregnant or both?

September 16, 2011

Title: Fat, pregnant or both?

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: 26th August, 2011.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: Pregnancy is said to be a time when women pay more attention to their diet, but many still become overweight during this time.  Bridget Benelam from the British Nutrition Foundation states that there needs to be clearer weight control advice for women during pregnancy, suggesting that NICE guidelines issued last year are not enough.

Length of publication: 1 page.

 Acknowledgement: Follow this link to access the NICE guidance referred to in this article.