WeightWatchers to open chain of high street stores.

May 10, 2012

Source: The Telegraph.

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Date of publication: 8th May, 2012.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: WeightWatchers has revealed plans to open stand-alone “Lifestyle Centres” on UK high streets in a bid to provide a more flexible, personalised service for busy people who want to lose weight or eat more healthily. 

Length of publication: 1 page.

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The real five-a-day? UK kids feast on chocolate, energy drinks and crisps.

December 1, 2011

Source: British Heart Foundation.

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Date of publication: 23rd November, 2011.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: A news item outlining the results of a survey carried out by the British Heart Foundation which gives an insight into the dietary intake of 11-16 year olds in the UK.  Results show that the children surveyed have shunned healthy foods in favour of snacks and drinks with high fat and sugar content which may have a negative impact upon their health.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.


Parents’ views and experiences of childhood obesity management in primary care: a qualitative study.

December 1, 2011

Source: Family Practice, 2011, doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmr111

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Date of publication: 24th November, 2011.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: A study examining the views and experiences of parents of primary care as a treatment setting for childhood obesity management.  In-depth interviews found that parents expressed concerns about initiating a consultation for fear of being blamed for their child’s weight and were concerned about their child’s mental well-being.  Similarly, concerns were expressed about the knowledge, time and resources allocated to childhood obesity management in this setting.  The authors suggested that a multi-disciplinary approach may help address some of these concerns and provide a more effective service.

Length of publication: Epub ahead of print.

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Obesity reduction within a generation: the dual roles of prevention and treatment.

October 26, 2011

Title: Obesity reduction within a generation: the dual roles of prevention and treatment.

Source: Obesity, 2011, 19 (10), p. 2107-2110.

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Date of publication: October, 2011.

Publication type: Report.

In a nutshell: A brief look at the growing obesity problem in the United States of America and how the US government plans to tackle this difficult  issue  in coming years.

Length of publication: 4 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.



The impact of school-time activity on total physical activity: the activitystat hypothesis (EarlyBird 46).

October 26, 2011

Title: The impact of school-time activity on total physical activity: the activitystat hypothesis (EarlyBird 46).

Source: International Journal of Obesity, 2011, 35 (10), p. 1277-1283.

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Date of publication: October, 2011.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: An observational study which explored the hypothesis that asked whether more physical activity in school time was compensated for by less physical activity at other times.  The study found that increased physical activity at one time would indeed be compensated with lower physical activity levels at another. The authors proposed that this may have a significant impact upon the success of physical activity programmes aimed at tackling child obesity.

Length of publication: 7 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.


Government plans to tackle obesity unveiled.

October 26, 2011

Title: Government plans to tackle obesity unveiled.

Source: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). 

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Date of publication: 14th October, 2011.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: An overview of the government’s “Healthy lives, healthy people” initiative and how the work carried out by NICE and other agencies will support these new attempts to tackle obesity in England.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.

Some important notes: Follow this link to read the full text of the “Healthy lives, healthy people” document.



Families fit for life, Knowsley.

September 12, 2011

Title: Families fit for life, Knowsley.

Source: Local Government Improvement and Development

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Date of publication: 7th September, 2011.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: A look back over a health and fitness programme aimed at  families living in the Knowsley area who experience difficulties and and have children under 5 years of age .  It consists of a mixture of group sessions and home-based support aimed at improving the physical and mental well-being of these families.  The project is due to run until 2012.

Length of publication: 1 page.