Tackling childhood overweight: treating parents exclusively is effective.

April 26, 2011

Source: International Journal of Obesity, 2011, 35, p. 501-509.

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Date of publication: April 2011.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study focused on treatment aimed at the parents of overweight or obese children, using a “waiting-list” control group and a cognitive-behavioural treatment group.  The research found that whilst BMI was reduced only in children and parents in the treatment group, both groups displayed positive psychological effects related to taking part in the study.

Length of publication: 9 pages.

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Can your pregnancy diet ‘make your child fat’?

April 26, 2011

Source: NursingTimes.net

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Date of publication: 25 April, 2011.

Publication type: Journal article.

In a nutshell: This article looks behind the headlines related to a  recent study on maternal diet and its influence upon the offspring, examining the original research and its findings.

Length of publication: 1 page.

Acknowledgement: Follow this link to read the BBC News item in full.  Follow this link to read the abstract of the original research paper.  Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


A better index of body adiposity.

April 26, 2011

Source: Obesity, 2011, 19, p. 1083-1089.

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Date of publication: May 2011.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: BMI (Body Mass Index) has been used for many years but has been argued to have limited accuracy.  This paper presents the BAI (Body Adiposity Index) – which may be calculated using hip circumference and height alone without the need for numerical correction – as an alternative method of estimating body fat for men and women of differing ethnicities.

Length of publication: 7 pages.

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When do mothers think their child is overweight?

April 26, 2011

Source: International Journal of Obesity, 35, p.510-516.

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Date of publication: April 2011.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This research study attempts to quantify how overweight children must be for their mothers to identify them as overweight or to express concern about their future weight.  It found that although BMI & fat scores were important, visual characteristics such as waist circumference and skinfolds contributed most to mothers’ responses. In addition, mothers with a higher BMI were less likely to class their child as overweight, but were more likely to voice concern about  future overweight.

Length of publication: 7 pages.

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The lowdown on green gyms.

April 26, 2011

Source: Local Government: Improvement & Development. 

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Date of publication: 25 April, 2011.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: This article acknowledges that not everyone wants to join a gym to stay fit and healthy.  Instead, it discusses a number of alternative ways that individuals can increase their level of physical activity and keep fit.

Length of publication: 1 page.



Get ready for summer.

April 26, 2011

Source: NHS Choices.

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Date of publication: April 2011.

Publication type: Website.

In a nutshell: NHS Choices is inviting people to sign up for a set of action packs aimed at improving health and well-being.  The programme includes weekly emails with tips and advice and the opportunity to get a free 5-day gym pass.

Length of publication: 1 page.