Weighty matters: the London findings of the National Child Measurement Programme 2006 to 2008

May 29, 2009

SourceLondon Health Observatory

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Date of publication: May 2009

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The Weighty Matters report is the first detailed analysis of the National Child Measurement Programme data for 2006-08. It found a marked relationship between obesity and deprivation. The report also contains information according to age, gender and ethnicity.

Length of publication: 20 page report

Acknowledgement: Health Service Journal

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Childhood obesity and adult cardiovascular disease risk: a systematic review

May 29, 2009

Source:  International Journal of Obesity, Epub 2009

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Date of publication: 2009

Publication type: Journal artical, Systematic review

In a nutshell: This systematic review investigated the relationship between childhood obesity and adult cardiovasular disease, and whether this is independent of body mass index in adulthood.

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.


Explaining the obesity paradox: cardiovascular risk, weight change, and mortality during long-term follow-up in men

May 29, 2009

Source: European Heart Journal, Epub May 2009

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Date of publication: 2009

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study followed a sample of 1114 men from the ages of 25 to 73 in an attempt to discover whether weight change would have a long standing effect on health, and whether it would alter mortality rates.

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.

Acknowledgement: BBC


Increased physical activity in abdominally obese women through support for changed commuting habits: a randomized clinical trial

May 29, 2009

Source: International Journal of Obesity, Epub May 2009

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Date of publication: 2009

Publication type: Journal article; Clinical trial

In a nutshell: While it is known that obesity can be reduced through regular exercise, there is little evidence to show the effectiveness of obesity interventions which promote physical activity (e.g. cycling and walking) as a way of getting to work. This study aimed to test its effectiveness.

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


NHS turns to marketing to change public health attitudes

May 27, 2009

Source: Health Service Journal

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Date of publication: 2009

Publication type: News Story

In a nutshell: NHS Trusts are increasingly attempting to use targeted social marketing to get to get the message across about health issues such as obesity, an example of which is the recent Change 4Life campaign. This article looks at examples of social marketing campaigns which have been successful, and their results.

Length of publication: 1 page website


Two-year Follow-up in 21,784 Overweight Children and Adolescents With Lifestyle Intervention

May 27, 2009

Source: Obesity, 2009, 17 (6) p 1196-1199

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Date of publication: May 2009

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: 21,784 overweight adolescents took part in lifestyle intervention for 6 months, at 129 different treatment centers. They were then monitored for 2 years to see if it could be demonstrated that lifestyle intervention made a significant  impact upon their weight loss.

Length of publication: 3 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


Bet Dieting

May 26, 2009

Source: BBC

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Date of publication: May 2009

Publication type: News Story

In a nutshell: Financial incentives are being used by those wanting to lose weight on a new website, where people are encouraged to donate money to a charity if they do not meet their weight-loss targets. Popular in the USA, there are already 1000 followers in the UK.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: Follow this link for the original weight loss website, or follow this link for the London School of Economic’s Centre for the Study of Incentives in Health.