Navigation Links
Weighing Weight-Loss Programs
Date:11/3/2011

THURSDAY, Nov. 3 (HealthDay News) -- A new British study finds that commercial weight-loss programs are more effective and less costly than primary care-based programs led by specially trained staff.

University of Birmingham researchers compared weight loss among obese and overweight women and men enrolled in commercial weight-loss programs that lasted 12 weeks (Weight Watchers, Slimming World, Rosemary Conley) or in primary care-based programs (group-based dietetics, general practice one-to-one counseling, pharmacy one-to-one counseling).

The study also included a control group of patients who were given 12 vouchers for free use of a local fitness center.

There were 740 people at the start of the study, and follow-up data were available for 658 of them at the end of the 12-week program and for 522 of them one year later.

Participants in all the programs had significant weight loss after 12 weeks, with the average ranging from 9.7 pounds among those in Weight Watchers to 3.1 pounds among those in general practice counseling. Weight loss among participants in the primary care programs was no better than among those in the control group.

After one year, statistically significant weight loss was evident in all groups except for the general practice and pharmacy counseling programs. However, participants in Weight Watchers were the only ones to achieve much greater weight loss than those in the control group.

An increase in physical activity was noted in all groups, with the smallest increase among those in the general practice counseling program.

The researchers also found that attendance was highest in Weight Watchers and lowest in the primary care programs, which were also the most costly.

"Our findings suggest that a 12-week group-based dedicated program of weight management can result in clinically useful amounts of weight loss that are sustained at one year," the study authors wrote.

"Commercially provided weight-management services are more effective and cheaper than primary care-based services led by specially trained staff, which are ineffective," they added.

The study was published online Nov. 3 in the BMJ.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases offers advice about weight-loss programs.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: British Medical Journal, news release, Nov. 3, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Are words weighing down the development of policy for better health?
2. Repeated Weight-Loss Surgery Carries Added Risks
3. Kirstie Alley Launches Organic Weight-Loss System Organic Liaison
4. 28-Year Old from Texas Discovers His Own 'Instant Weight-Loss' Miracle Online
5. Weight-Loss Surgery May Ease Childbirth Risks
6. Study Finds Patients Breathe Easier After Weight-Loss Surgery
7. Houston Weight-Loss Surgical Specialists Offer Gastric Sleeve Operation For $11K
8. Rare Cases of Liver Damage Tied to Weight-Loss Drug
9. Body-image distortion predicts onset of unsafe weight-loss behaviors
10. Complications From Weight-Loss Surgery Relatively Low
11. Weight-Loss Surgery May Cut Type 2 Diabetes Medication Use
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Weighing Weight-Loss Programs
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... A new analysis of ... the healthiest seniors are located in the Midwest. With the average cost of healthcare ... people are concerned with both the quality and affordability of where they live. An ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... ... copper, antimicrobial, mesh back 24/7 task chair specifically designed for clinical areas. Genie ... are thrilled to partner with Cupron® to provide customers with a game changing ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... , ... May 26, 2017 , ... After raising nearly ... Top gadget will continue to be available at a discounted crowdfunding price on ... stress wherever they are, I also wanted to bring a fidget toy to the ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... 26, 2017 , ... Silver Birch of Hammond, a new assisted lifestyle community, ... four acres of land at 5620 Sohl Avenue in Hammond, serves older adults who ... 125 studio and one-bedroom apartments. Each of the private apartments at Silver Birch features ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... Dr. Alex Rabinovich, a highly-skilled oral surgeon specializing ... blog post on insurance options. If a Bay Area patient has to search for ... and money. Visiting an in-network provider for a second opinion can ensure a patient ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2017)... May 4, 2017  A new tight-tolerance microextrusion ... other highly-engineered materials, is being launched by Natvar, ... been developed in recent years to service a ... surgical applications. More expensive materials such as glass ... tubing due to their ability to consistently hold ...
(Date:5/3/2017)... 3, 2017 A Catheterization Laboratory is ... healthcare facility. Commonly referred to as cath lab, ... diagnostic imaging technology to give physicians visual access ... these spaces, a team of physicians perform life-saving ... coronary intervention, congenital heart defect closure, stenotic heart ...
(Date:5/3/2017)... , May 3, 2017  Getinge, a leading ... to quality enhancement and cost efficiency within healthcare ... study of contemporary practice demonstrating that intra-aortic balloon ... for critically ill patients. The single-center, retrospective, observational ... large volume MEGA ® 50cc intra-aortic balloon ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: