Obesity Horizon Scanning Volume 5 Issue 2.

April 18, 2013
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Skin cancer and obesity share genetic link.

April 18, 2013

Source: NHS Choices.

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Date of publication: 4th March, 2013.

Publication type: Journal article.

In a nutshell: A closer look behind recent headlines which suggested a genetic link between skin cancer and obesity.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.

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


Child obesity: who are you calling fat?

April 18, 2013

Source: BBC News.

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Date of publication: 8th March, 2013.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: This article looks at how health care professionals may approach a discussion with parents of a child who is overweight and considers popular opinions on this subject.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.


Two-year outcomes of an adjunctive telephone coaching and electronic contact intervention for adolescent weight-loss maintenance: the Loozit randomized controlled trial.

April 18, 2013

Source: International Journal of Obesity, 2013, 37 (3), p. 468-472.

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Date of publication: March, 2013.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This article examines the results of additional therapeutic contact (ATC) as an adjunct to a community-based weight-management program for overweight and obese 13–16-year-olds. Whilst adjunctive ATC did not provide further benefits to the Loozit group program, the authors suggest further work is needed to optimize technological support for adolescents in weight-loss maintenance.

Length of publication: 5 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.


Obesity discrimination: the role of physical appearance, personal ideology, and anti-fat prejudice.

April 18, 2013

Source: International Journal of Obesity, 2013, 37 (3), p. 455-460.
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Date of publication: March, 2013.
Publication type: Research.
In a nutshell: This study examined whether a recently developed measure of anti-fat prejudice, the universal measure of bias (UMB), along with other correlates of prejudicial attitudes and beliefs predict obesity discrimination. The authors found that obesity discrimination was displayed across all selection criteria.
Length of publication: 6 pages.
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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.
Some important notes: This article is available in full text to all NHS Staff using Athens. For more information about accessing full text, follow this link to find your local NHS Library


The association between recreational parks, facilities and childhood obesity: a cross-sectional study of the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health.

March 26, 2013

Source: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2013, 67 (5), p.427-431.
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Date of publication: May 2013.
Publication type: Research.
In a nutshell: This cross-sectional study examines the association between access to recreational parks and facilities and obesity. The results highlight potential health disparities in childhood obesity due to limited access to recreational facilities and parks.
Length of publication: 5 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.