New US estimate links obesity to 18% of deaths.

August 27, 2013

Source: NHS Choices: Behind the Headlines

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Date of publication: 16th August, 2013.

Publication type: Journal article.

In a nutshell: A closer look at the research behind recent headlines which suggested that obesity is killing more people than thought.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.

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Willingness to pay for obesity pharmacotherapy.

October 8, 2012

Source: Obesity, 2012, 20 (10), p.2019–2026

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Date of publication: October 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study used an online survey to assess preferences and willingness to pay (WTP) for obesity medications among people seeking weight loss in the United States and United Kingdom. Findings showed that patients were willing to pay £6.51/$10.49 per month per percentage point of weight loss that a pharmacotherapy could provide and placed a high value on weight loss and avoiding changes to their lifestyle, and less value on reducing long-term risks to health.

Length of publication: 8 pages.

 


Obesity reduction within a generation: the dual roles of prevention and treatment.

October 26, 2011

Title: Obesity reduction within a generation: the dual roles of prevention and treatment.

Source: Obesity, 2011, 19 (10), p. 2107-2110.

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Date of publication: October, 2011.

Publication type: Report.

In a nutshell: A brief look at the growing obesity problem in the United States of America and how the US government plans to tackle this difficult  issue  in coming years.

Length of publication: 4 pages.

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Health and economic burden of the projected obesity trends in the USA and the UK.

September 9, 2011

Title: Health and economic burden of the projected obesity trends in the USA and the UK.

Source: The Lancet,  2011, 378 (9793), p. 815-825.

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Date of publication: August, 2011.

Publication type: Statistics.

In a nutshell: Using a simulation model, the authors have calculated the projected probable health and economic consequences of a continued rise in obesity over the next two decades amongst the populations of the USA and the UK.   They conclude that the costs associated with the treatment of preventable obesity-related diseases are such that effective policies to promote healthier weight will have noted economic benefits.

Length of publication: 11 pages.

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Fat babies are not healthy, says new report on preventing obesity.

July 11, 2011

Title: Fat babies are not healthy, says new report on preventing obesity.

Source: BMJ, 2011, 342, d4074

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Date of publication: 28th June, 2011.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: This article looks at a new report published by the US Institute of Medicine which states that excess weight in infancy must be addressed to avoid problems later in life. The report makes recommendations for feeding and weaning of infants, regulation of daycare sleeping arrangements and improved opportunities for physical activity for all children, thus providing a multidimensional approach to combatting childhood obesity.

Length of publication: 1 page.

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Acknowledgement: The report from the US Institute of Medicine can be viewed here.


Social influences are associated with BMI and weight loss intentions in young adults.

June 6, 2011

Title: Social influences are associated with BMI and weight loss intentions in young adults.

Source: Obesity, 2011, 19 (6) p. 1157-1162.

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Date of publication: June 2011

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study examines the idea of obesity and health behaviour clusters in relation to social networkd and norms among young adults in the US.  The paper suggests that social contacts and normative beliefs influence weight status and weight loss intents in young adults.

Length of publication: 6 pages.

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Body mass index knowledge of older adults and motivation to change.

March 28, 2011

Source: British Journal of Community Nursing, 2011, 16, (3), p. 110-115.

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Date of publication: March 2011.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study explores the knowledge of older adults in Ireland and the USA about their BMI category and their motivation to change.  Analysis of data obtained from questionnaires found that fewer Irish respondents knew their BMI category.  However, it was noted that measured BMI differed markedly from self-reported BMI in both groups.  The authors suggest that these older adults are unaware of their weight status and thus their BMI category and the possible health consequences.

Length of publication: 6 pages.

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