Motivation, Readiness to Change, and Weight Loss Following Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery

March 27, 2009

Source: Obesity 17 (4) pgs 698-705

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type: Abstract

In a Nutshell: High levels of readiness to change (RTC) are considered critical to the long-term success of weight management programs including bariatric surgery. However, there are no data to support this assertion. The authors hypothesize that RTC level will not influence weight outcomes following surgery.

Length of Publication: 7 page article

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Exploiting Social Networks to Mitigate the Obesity Epidemic

March 27, 2009

Source: Obesity 2009 17 (4) pgs 723-728 

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type: Abstract

In a Nutshell: This article shows that many traditional weight management interventions fail because they target overweight and obese individuals without consideration of their surrounding cluster and wider social network. The popular strategy for dieting with friends is shown to be an ineffective long-term weight loss strategy, whereas dieting with friends of friends can be somewhat more effective by forcing a shift in cluster boundaries.

Length of Publication: 5 page article

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A Healthy Start In Life

March 27, 2009

Source: Children & Young People Now

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Year of Publication: 2009

In a Nutshell: The Mini-Mend programme shows toddlers and their parents how to life healthy lifestyles in an effort to curb obesity. This article describes the programme, which was developed by a social enterprise organisation and offered by NHS Mid Essex at Larkrise Children’s Centre in Chelmsford.

Length of Publication: 2 page journal article

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Acknowledgement:  Social Care Online


Under 5’s Obesity Targeted in Liverpool

March 24, 2009

Source:  Liverpool City Council

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type: News Item

In a Nutshell: Liverpool is to be the first city in the UK to provide free membership to fitness centres to under-5 year-olds in a bid to beat obesity and save millions of pounds on the NHS.  As part of the new scheme called Futures, these youngsters will be able to take part in a wide range of activities from active play and dance to basic ball exercises in 13 of the city’s 15 Lifestyle Centres.

Length of Publication: 1 page


Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet

March 24, 2009

Source: The Information Centre for Health and Social Care

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type: Statistics

In a Nutshell: This publication presents a range of information on obesity, physical activity and diet, drawn together from a variety of sources.

Length of Publication: 214 pages


North West Change4Life

March 24, 2009

Source:  NHS North West

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type: Website

In a Nutshell: Change4Life, the healthy living campaign, was officially launched in the North West in March with a regional summit. This website provides an outline of the campaign and the presentations that were given at the summit.

Publication Length: Three Powerpoint Presentations


Community Food Initiatives

March 24, 2009

Source: The Beacon Scheme

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type:  Website

In a Nutshell: Financial barriers are one of a range of challenges to managing a nutritious diet. Others are physical – inadequate local retail facilities, transport and planning systems; and informational – lack of nutritional information, cooking or budgeting skills. This website describes the establishment of Greenwich Community Food Co-op,  a voluntary project resulting from a partnership between local residents, the Healthy Greenwich Network , Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency  and Greenwich Teaching Primary Care Trust.

Publication Length: One Page