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.

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Bariatric surgery and prevention of type 2 diabetes in Swedish obese subjects

September 7, 2012

Source: New England Journal of Medicine, 2012, 367 (8), p.695-704.

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Date of publication: 23rd August, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This non-randomised, prospective, controlled study examined the effects of bariatric surgery on the prevention of type 2 diabetes. Follow up of bariatric surgery patients and their matched controls noted that bariatric surgery was markedly more efficient than usual treatment of type 2 diabetes in obese patients.

Length of publication: 10 pages.

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.


Psychological treatment for obesity: Determining what eating behaviours are involved.

July 3, 2012

 Source: European Food Information Council (EUFIC)

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Date of publication: June 2012.

Publication type: News Item.

In a nutshell: EUFIC reports on the recent development of a self-reported questionnaire aimed to help researchers to better understand the eating behaviours related to overweight and obesity.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.

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


Preventing and treating childhood obesity: time to target fathers

February 21, 2012

Source: International Journal of Obesity , 2012, 36 (1), p.12-15.

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Date of publication: January, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This prospective longitudinal study looks at the long-term effects of having one overweight or obese parent on child weight status and determine whether these effects vary according to parent sex. The authors found that children with overweight or obese fathers are at a higher risk of becoming obese and suggest that interventions to treat overweight fathers may have a part in preventing or treating obesity in children.

Length of publication: 4 pages.

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.


Video game playing increases food intake in adolescents: a randomized crossover study.

June 6, 2011

Title: Video game playing increases food intake in adolescents: a randomized crossover study.

Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2011, 93 (6) p.1196-1203.

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Date of publication: May 2011.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study examines the link between food intake, obesity and sedentary video game playing in healthy male adolescents.  The findings suggest that although energy expenditure was significantly higher during game play than in a resting state, increased food intake after game playing was noted and was not compensated for through the rest of the day.

Length of publication: 8 pages.

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


Does “eating for two” make mums gain weight?

June 6, 2011

Title: Does “eating for two” make mums gain weight?

Source: NHS Choices.

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Date of publication: 18 May 2011.

Publication type: Website.

In a nutshell: This article takes a closer look at the original research behind recent reports that “eating for two” in pregnancy may be linked to an increased risk of life-long obesity for women.

Length of publication: 1 page.

Some important notes: Click here to read the full text of the original research article.