The third evaluation of the school fruit and veg scheme

May 26, 2010

Source: Department of health

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Date of publication: March 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report evaluates the results of the School Fruit and Veg Scheme, which has been running since 2004. The scheme aims to encourage children to eat five pieces of fruit or vegetables a day, thereby reducing their risk of obesity and heart disease.

Length of publication: 109 pages

Acknowledgement: Fade Library


Childhood obesity: Lancet seminar

May 26, 2010

Source:  Lancet, 375 (9727) pg 1737-1748

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Date of publication: May 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article recommends that the recommended calorie intake and activity levels for children should be revised due to the sedentary lifestyle of the population. Prevention and treatment should focus upon increasing energy expenditure and decreasing calorie uptake.

Length of publication: 11 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.

Acknowledgement: Nursing Times


Food Dudes Scheme announced winner of the Chief Medical Officer’s Public Health Awards 2010

May 26, 2010

Source: Department of Health

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Date of publication: May 2010

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: The Food Dudes scheme, developed by psychologists at the University of Bangor, has been awarded the gold medal at this year’s Public Health Awards for the work which has been done in Wolverhampon, where the scheme has worked to combat child obesity.  The scheme has been accessed by 5,000 children in Wolverhampton, with fruit consumption increasing by 54% and vegetable consumption increasing by 48%.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: The Food Dudes website, with additional information about the programme, is available here.

Acknowledgement: NHS Evidence – National Library for Library for Public Health


Beyond BMI: The search for better guidelines for bariatric surgery

May 20, 2010

Source:  Obesity 18 (5) 865-871

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Date of publication: May 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: In the USA the prerequisite for bariatric surgery is a BMI of >35. This article argues that with evidence that bariatric surgery reduces existing comorbidities, new guidelines should be pursued.

Length of publication: 6 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.


Quality of care among obese patients

May 20, 2010

Source:  JAMA, 303 (13) p 1274-1281

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Date of publication: April 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This research was based on prior studies which had found that clinicians admitted negative attitudes and dissatisfaction when treating obese patients. The study aimed to determine whether the quality of treatment received by patients was different according to their weight status.

Length of publication: 8 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS health library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement: Fade Library


Health weight healthy lives: A research and surveillance plan for England – Update on progress

May 19, 2010

Source:  Department of Health

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Date of publication: March 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The document Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives: A cross-government research and surveillance plan for England focused upon how to improve collaboration across funders to strengthen the evidence base on obesity to help inform policy development, evaluation and monitoring in this area. This document provides an overview of  the strategic developments and partnerships which have been developed in the first year.

Length of publication: 20 pages

Acknowledgement: NHS Evidence – National Library for Public Health


Treating adult obesity through lifestyle interventions: a briefing paper for commissioners

May 19, 2010

Source: National Obesity Observatory

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Date of publication: March 2010

Publication type: Practice Guidance

In a nutshell: This briefing paper by the National Obesity Observatory is intended to support Commissioners by providing an overview of the current evidence available regarding the effective treatment of adult obesity through lifestyle interventions.

Length of publication: 18 pages

Some important notes: The Observatory has also published briefings which cover the treatment of obesity in children and young people.

Acknowledgement: NHS Evidence – National Library for Public Health