Behavioural and motivational factors associated with weight loss and maintenance in a commercial weight management programme.

December 13, 2012

Source: The Open Obesity Journal, 2012, 4, p. 35-43.

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Date of publication: 16th November, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study co-produced by Slimming World and the University of Surrey looked at behaviour changes and key motivators of study participants who managed sustained weight loss. Findings revealed that thhose who were more successful wanted to lose weight for themselves and that maintaining weight loss was linked to to successfully changing eating and other food-related behaviours.

Length of publication: 9 pages.

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Effect of diet and exercise, alone or combined, on weight and body composition in overweight-to-obese postmenopausal women.

July 30, 2012

Source: Obesity, 2012, 20 (8), p. 1628-1638.

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Date of publication: August, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: A RCT among 439 overweight-to-obese postmenopausal sedentary women to determine the differing effects of a calorie-reduced, low-fat diet (D), a moderate-intensity, aerobic exercise program (E), or the combination of both interventions (D+E), versus a no-lifestyle-change control group (C) on change in body weight and composition. It was found that amongst this group, lifestyle-change involving diet, exercise, or both over 1 year improved body weight and adiposity, with the greatest change arising from the combined intervention.

Length of publication: 11 pages.

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Games4life.

July 3, 2012

 Source: Change4Life

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Date of publication: June 2012.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: A new campaign from Change4life hopes to tap into the nation’s enthusiasm in this summer of sport and encourage millions to become more active in 2012.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.


Doctors back denial of treatment for smokers and the obese.

May 10, 2012

 

Source: The Guardian.

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Date of publication: 29th April, 2012.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: This story discusses the controversial results of a survey on Doctors.net.uk which examined “lifestyle rationing” of health services. The survey reported that 54% of respondents felt that the NHS should have the right to withhold non-emergency treatment from patients who are overweight or who refuse to stop smoking. The story includes comment from professional bodies, NHS organisations and private sector groups.

Length of publication: 1 page.


Changes in weight bias following weight loss: the impact of weight-loss method

February 21, 2012

Source: International Journal of Obesity, 2012, 36 (2), p.314–319

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Date of publication: February, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study examined changes in people’s perceptions of an obese target that had lost weight through diet and exercise or through surgery. The findings indicate that a person’s perceptions of obese individuals can improve after weight loss.

Length of publication: 6 pages.

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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.

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Interventions for preventing obesity in children

January 9, 2012

Source: The Cochrane Library

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Date of publication: 7th December, 2011.

Publication type: Review.

In a nutshell: An update on the previous Cochrane review of childhood obesity prevention research, determining the effectiveness of evaluated interventions intended to prevent obesity in children assessed by change in Body Mass Index (BMI). Strong evidence was found to support the beneficial effects of child obesity prevention programmes on BMI, particularly for programmes targeted to children aged six to 12 years. However, a great deal of variation between studies was noted and findings may be biased by missing small studies with negative findings.

Length of publication: 1 web page.

Acknowledgement: Follow this link to read the review in full (214 pages).