“Exercise is a form of medicine”

July 25, 2013

 Source: NHS Choices.

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Date of publication: 1st July, 2013.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: Learn more about one woman’s mission to promote the provision of personalised exercise programmes for patients to community practitioners.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.


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.


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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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.
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Impact of weight loss with or without exercise on abdominal fat and insulin resistance in obese individuals: a randomised clinical trial.

February 8, 2013

Source: British Journal of Nutrition, 2013, early view
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Date of publication: January, 2013.
Publication type: Clinical trial.
In a nutshell: This RCT looks at the association between abdominal obesity and the development of insulin resistance (IR) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) by evaluating the effects of body weight reduction with and without exercise over abdominal fat tissue and IR. It was found that 5 % weight loss did reduce abdominal fat and IR in obese individuals and exercise did not add to the effect of weight loss.
Length of publication: 7 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.


Obesity and related conditions: tackling an epidemic.

December 13, 2012

Source: Public Service Events.

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Date of publication: November, 2012.

Publication type: Press release.

In a nutshell: Programme and booking details for a multidisicplinary conference taking place in Manchester in February, 2013. The agenda will debate the key issues associated with individual behaviour, government legislation, food production and labelling, physical activity, childhood obesity and medical and financial interventions.

Length of publication: 1 web page.