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.


Weight change, psychological well-being, and vitality in adults participating in a cognitive–behavioral weight loss program.

May 21, 2013

Source: Health Psychology, 2013,  32(4), p. 439-446.

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Date of publication: April, 2013.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study examined the impact of intentional weight loss on the psychological well-being of adults participating in three clinical weight loss interventions. The authors found that weight loss was associated with positive changes in psychological well-being , with increased vitality cited as the most significant change.

Length of publication: 8 pages.

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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.

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Lose Weight: Getting started.

February 8, 2013

Source: NHS Choices.
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Date of publication: December, 2012.
Publication type: News item.
In a nutshell: NHS Choices recently launched Lose Weight: Getting started a 12 week plan to aid weight loss. Now NHS Choices, in conjunction with HealthUnlocked, has launched an online weight loss community to support those following this plan.
Length of publication: 1 web page.
Some important notes: Follow this link to access the online community mentioned in the article.


Twitter diet? Tweeting can ‘aid weight loss’.

February 8, 2013

Source: NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines
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Date of publication:
16th January, 2013.
Publication type: News item.
In a nutshell: A closer look behind recent news stories that using social media sites to “tweet” about your diet can aid weight loss.
Length of publication: 1 webpage.
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Text4Diet: A randomized controlled study using text messaging for weight loss behaviors

December 13, 2012

Source: Preventive Medicine, 2012, 55 (5), pp. 412-417.

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Date of publication: November, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This RCT examined the usefulness of a daily text
messaging weight loss intervention, Text4Diet, and found that although text messaging had no effect upon weight loss, adherence to the intervention was associated with improved weight-related behaviours and outcomes. The authors concluded that text messaging could be a useful adjunct to weight loss treatments.

Length of publication: 6 pages.

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Leisure time physical activity of moderate to vigorous Intensity and mortality: a large pooled cohort analysis.

December 13, 2012

Source: PLOS Medicine, 2012, doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001335

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Date of publication: 6th November, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: A new study has found that regual physical exercise can help to increase one’s lifespan, even in those who are overweight.

Length of publication: 14 pages.