Weighty matters: the London findings of the National Child Measurement Programme 2006 to 2008

May 29, 2009

SourceLondon Health Observatory

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Date of publication: May 2009

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The Weighty Matters report is the first detailed analysis of the National Child Measurement Programme data for 2006-08. It found a marked relationship between obesity and deprivation. The report also contains information according to age, gender and ethnicity.

Length of publication: 20 page report

Acknowledgement: Health Service Journal


Two-year Follow-up in 21,784 Overweight Children and Adolescents With Lifestyle Intervention

May 27, 2009

Source: Obesity, 2009, 17 (6) p 1196-1199

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Date of publication: May 2009

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: 21,784 overweight adolescents took part in lifestyle intervention for 6 months, at 129 different treatment centers. They were then monitored for 2 years to see if it could be demonstrated that lifestyle intervention made a significant  impact upon their weight loss.

Length of publication: 3 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


Bet Dieting

May 26, 2009

Source: BBC

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Date of publication: May 2009

Publication type: News Story

In a nutshell: Financial incentives are being used by those wanting to lose weight on a new website, where people are encouraged to donate money to a charity if they do not meet their weight-loss targets. Popular in the USA, there are already 1000 followers in the UK.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: Follow this link for the original weight loss website, or follow this link for the London School of Economic’s Centre for the Study of Incentives in Health.


MuckIn4Life

May 26, 2009

Source: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Date of publication: May 2009

Publication type: Press Release

In a nutshell: In conjunction with the Change4Life programme, an environmental volunteering programme has been launched to encourage people of all age groups to take part in a fun, healthy activity.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: The MuckInForLife website, with a full list of partner organisations, is available here.

Acknowledgement: info4local