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.

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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.


Comparison of range of commercial or primary care led weight reduction programmes with minimal intervention control for weight loss in obesity: Lighten Up randomised controlled trial.

December 1, 2011

Source: BMJ, 2011, 343:d6500

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Date of publication: 3rd November, 2011.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study reviewed the effectiveness of commercial weight loss programmes of 12 weeks duration in comparison with those led by health care professionals in primary care.  The study found that commercial programmes achieved significantly greater weight loss and were cheaper than the primary care programmes at programme end.

Length of publication: 16 pages.


Web-based Weight Loss in Primary Care

February 24, 2010

Source: Obesity 2010 18 (2) pg 308-313

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Date of publication: February 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: During this study, patients were given access to a specially designed web-based weight loss programme, and also received counselling sessions from a health coach. Patients lost more weight than those involved in usual intervention programmes, with the greatest success amongst those who accessed the website most often.

Length of publication: 5 pages