At least 900 Welsh children attend slimming classes.

August 27, 2013

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: 20th August, 2013.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: BBC News reported that at least 900 children across Wales have attended slimming clubs this year. This has prompted calls throughout the UK for a greater emphasis on teaching children about healthy eating and exercise at a younger age.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.


Association of supermarket characteristics with the body mass index of their shoppers.

August 27, 2013

Source: Nutrition, 2013, 12:117.

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Date of publication: August, 2013.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study looked at a range of supermarkets and associations of distance travelled to supermarkets and supermarket characteristics with shoppers’ body mass index (BMI). After adjusting for age, sex, income and car ownership, the authors found that food basket price in supermarkets was inversely associated with BMI of their shoppers, and they suggest careful manipulation of supermarket food pricing could be used as an intervention for reducing BMI.

Length of publication: 8 pages.


Waist circumference-to-height ratio predicts adiposity better than body mass index in children and adolescents

July 25, 2013

Source: International Journal of Obesity, 2013, 37 (7), p. 943-46.

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Date of publication: July 2013.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study compared different methods of measuring adiposity in over 2000 children and adolescents to determine their ability to predict body adiposity. Results showed that waist-circumference-to-height-ratio (WCHt) is better than waist circumference (WC) or BMI at predicting adiposity in this group and could be a useful surrogate of body adiposity when skin folds measurements are not available.

Length of publication: 4 pages.

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Assessing body mass index and waist circumference thresholds for intervening to prevent ill health and premature death among adults from black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups in the UK

July 25, 2013

Source: NICE

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Date of publication: July 2013.

Publication type: Practice guidance.

In a nutshell: This NICE guidance assesses how body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference adults among adults from black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups in the UK links to the risk of a range of non-communicable diseases.

Length of publication: 50 pages.


Waist to height ratio “more accurate than BMI”.

May 21, 2013

Source: The Telegraph.

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Date of publication: 14th May, 2013.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: This newspaper article examines a study presented at the recent European Congress on Obesity in Liverpool which suggested that calculating a person’s waist to height ratio is a more accurate means of judging overall risk of health and disease than using a BMI calculation.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.

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Effects of promoting longer-term and exclusive breastfeeding on adiposity and insulin-like growth factor-I at age 11.5 years: a randomized trial.

March 26, 2013

Source: JAMA, 2013, 309(10), p.1005-1013
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Date of publication: 13th March, 2013.
Publication type: Research.
In a nutshell: The findings of this study suggest that whilst breast feeding is good for babies, it is unlikely to halt the obesity epidemic in children. The trial tested an intervention to encourage exclusive breast feeding of healthy singleton babies, which worked. However, the additional breast feeding, which was substantial, didn’t prevent overweight or obesity a decade later and made no discernible difference to children’s body mass index.
Length of publication: 9 pages.
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Women’s experiences of body image and weight loss after childbirth.

February 8, 2013

Source: British Journal of Midwifery, 20 (12), p.860-865.
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Date of publication: 5th December, 2012.
Publication type: Research.
In a nutshell: This study examines women’s experiences of body image and weight loss after childbirth, with particular reference to the portrayal of celebrities in media images. Whilst weight loss was not an apparent concern for the women interviewed, there was acknowledgement of possible pressure and unrealistic comparisons with celebrities for new mothers.
Length of publication: 6 pages.
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