Defining overweight and obesity in pre-school children: IOTF reference or WHO standard?

March 28, 2011

Source: Obesity Reviews, 2011, 12, (4), p.295-300.

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Date of publication: April 2011.

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This article examines the performance of the datasets currently used to define overweight and obesity in pre-school children – the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) reference and the WHO standard.  The study highlights discrepancies between the 2 datasets, and suggests further research is needed in relation to the WHO standard to identify BMI cut-offs associated with increased risk of overweight and obesity and associated health outcomes in later life.

Length of publication: 6 pages.

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Body mass index knowledge of older adults and motivation to change.

March 28, 2011

Source: British Journal of Community Nursing, 2011, 16, (3), p. 110-115.

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Date of publication: March 2011.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study explores the knowledge of older adults in Ireland and the USA about their BMI category and their motivation to change.  Analysis of data obtained from questionnaires found that fewer Irish respondents knew their BMI category.  However, it was noted that measured BMI differed markedly from self-reported BMI in both groups.  The authors suggest that these older adults are unaware of their weight status and thus their BMI category and the possible health consequences.

Length of publication: 6 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


Long-term prevention of mortality in morbid obesity through bariatric surgery. A systematic review and meta-analysis of trials performed with gastric banding and gastric bypass.

March 28, 2011

Source: Annals of Surgery, 2011, 253, (3), p.484-487.

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Date of publication: March 2011.

Publication type: Systematic review.

In a nutshell: This systematic review and meta-analysis of published clinical trials related to bariatric surgery.  The authors found  that both gastric banding and gastric bypass surgery reduced mortality, with the latter having a greater effect upon cardio-vascular related mortality.

Length of publication: 4 pages.

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How to eat healthily on a budget.

March 26, 2011

Source: EUFIC.

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Date of publication: March 2011.

Publication type: Web site.

In a nutshell: In these economically tough times, people everywhere are trying to make savings on their food bills.  There is a common misconception that all healthy food must be expensive.  This article provides tips and ideas for creative meal planning and home cooking, showing that you can eat healthily on a limited budget.

Length of publication: 1 page.



“Reducing Local Waist”, National Obesity Forum National Conference, 2011.

March 26, 2011


Source: National Obesity Forum

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Date of publication: 25th March, 2011.

Publication type: Press release.

In a nutshell: A provisional programme outline and discounted booking forms for “Reducing local waist”, the 2 day 2011 National Conference hosted by the National Obesity Forum.

Length of publication: 4 pages.



Further dissemination.

March 23, 2011

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