“Exercise is a form of medicine”

July 25, 2013

 Source: NHS Choices.

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Date of publication: 1st July, 2013.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: Learn more about one woman’s mission to promote the provision of personalised exercise programmes for patients to community practitioners.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.

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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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Pharmacotherapy for childhood obesity: present and future prospects.

February 8, 2013

Source: International Journal of Obesity, 2013, 37 (1), p.1-15.
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Date of publication: January, 2013.
Publication type: Review.
In a nutshell: This review summarises data on pharmacotherapy for paediatric obesity and presents information on obesity medications in development, suggesting that previously studied medications only yielded modest effects on body weight and other conditions associated with obesity.
Length of publication: 15 pages.


Text4Diet: A randomized controlled study using text messaging for weight loss behaviors

December 13, 2012

Source: Preventive Medicine, 2012, 55 (5), pp. 412-417.

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Date of publication: November, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This RCT examined the usefulness of a daily text
messaging weight loss intervention, Text4Diet, and found that although text messaging had no effect upon weight loss, adherence to the intervention was associated with improved weight-related behaviours and outcomes. The authors concluded that text messaging could be a useful adjunct to weight loss treatments.

Length of publication: 6 pages.

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Interactive computer-based interventions for weight loss or weight maintenance in overweight or obese people

September 7, 2012

Source: The Cochrane Library.

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Date of publication: 15th August, 2012.

Publication type: Review.

In a nutshell: This paper reviewed studies which examined the effects of computer-based interventions in comparison with no or little intervention as well as in-person interventions to support weight loss and weight maintenance. The review found that when compared to little or no intervention, computer-based interventions were more effective in supporting weight loss and weight maintenance. However, when compared with face-to-face interventions, the computer-based approach resulted in lower levels of weight loss and maintenance, but the difference were small and therefore may be of limited clinical significance.

Length of publication: 147 pages.


Effect of diet and exercise, alone or combined, on weight and body composition in overweight-to-obese postmenopausal women.

July 30, 2012

Source: Obesity, 2012, 20 (8), p. 1628-1638.

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Date of publication: August, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: A RCT among 439 overweight-to-obese postmenopausal sedentary women to determine the differing effects of a calorie-reduced, low-fat diet (D), a moderate-intensity, aerobic exercise program (E), or the combination of both interventions (D+E), versus a no-lifestyle-change control group (C) on change in body weight and composition. It was found that amongst this group, lifestyle-change involving diet, exercise, or both over 1 year improved body weight and adiposity, with the greatest change arising from the combined intervention.

Length of publication: 11 pages.

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‘Flab jab’ hopes are premature.

July 30, 2012

 Source: NursingTimes.net

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Date of publication: 18th July, 2012.

Publication type: Journal article.

In a nutshell: A closer look at the science behind recent headlines promising a weight-loss quick fix in the form of an injection.

Length of publication: 1 web page.

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