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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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.


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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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.


Can water or diet drinks aid weight loss?

March 30, 2012

Source: NursingTimes.net

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Date of publication: February, 2012.

Publication type: Journal article.

In a nutshell: A closer look behind a recent headline which suggested that drinking water or diet drinks instead of high-calorie drinks can aid weight loss for dieters.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.

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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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