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This Is Local London: Experts said the NHS should plough more resources into helping those who have lost weight Experts said the NHS should plough more resources into helping those who have lost weight

More must be done to help people who have lost weight to keep the pounds off, experts have said.

Interventions that help people keep the weight off have "small but significant" benefits on weight loss maintenance, they said.

Academics from the University of Newcastle said in a bid to try and stem the UK's growing obesity epidemic, NHS officials should plough more resources into helping those who have managed to shed the pounds.

While weight loss interventions can produce initial weight loss, a third of people usually regain a third of the weight within a year and the rest within three to five years.

The academics, alongside researchers from Fuse, a centre for research in public health, examined previous studies on weight loss interventions.

Their paper, published in the BMJ, looked at 45 previous studies from around the world, involving 7,788 people. The interventions examined included helping with dietary changes, physical activity, drugs, food supplements and meal replacements.

They found that those who received weight loss interventions including both exercise and dietary changes regained 1.56kg less over a year than people who had no help to keep their weight off.

Dr Falko Sniehotta, reader in health psychology at Newcastle University, and member of Fuse, said: "Many people succeed in losing weight but struggle when it comes to keeping it off. If we are going to improve public heath then maintaining weight loss is one of the key issues that we need to solve.

"Our findings are encouraging as they demonstrate that we can slow down weight regain.

"As a society we make considerable personal and financial investments in weight loss. To translate these investments into better public health we need to ensure optimal support for those who have lost weight.

"More effort is needed to understand the psychology and physiology of weight loss maintenance, to optimise interventions and to make evidence-based support widely available to the people who have demonstrated their determination by losing pounds."

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12:47pm Wed 14 May 14

RealLivin says...

"As a society we make considerable personal and financial investments in weight loss"

Completely wrong, individuals make this commitment not society, it is to your benefit to maintain your health and society should not be forced to pay for your lack of maintenance. What the top rung of society needs to do ie government is make is so we can do this maintenance, that is make sure we are not working 60 hours + a week, we have wages that will allow this necessity to get done, gyms and equipment cost money.

We also need a complete reversal of how the NHS works, emphasis on health not curing, doctors who check your health not fix your unhealthiness with drugs and medicines, dump all the fixed charts and ignorant doctors who dont actually know anything about health and fitness.

Example 1 while in the forces a friend who played rugby was told he was over weight and had to loose two stone, my friend was 6-2 and 21 stone with less than 5% body fat, ie he was a body builder, but the chart stated for his height he was over weight. Example 2 I have recently been told I am at risk of diabetes, why? because according to the charts I am over weight, I am 5-4, 13 stone, but I have a 40 inch chest and a 34-35 inch waist, no person in their right mind could say I am over weight, I train 4-6 days a week often with high intensity sessions. Yet just over the road to me is a 30 year old women who is now struggling to get man sizes from Jacomo to fit her, XXXXXL!! and she is only 4-10 but she gets tablets and medication and is treated as disabled, when in fact she spends 24/7 on her computer eating crisps, biscuits, everything that is anti healthy, she has knee and hip problems all due to "weigth" issues and we are all paying to look after her because she cant be bothered to look after herself.

The main problem is this fixation on weight, weight is totally irrelevant, is it based on a variable called gravity, it is a variable because it changes, weight cannot be used to judge health and fitness. Health and fitness maintenance is the individuals problem but we need to able to afford to do it and have the time to do it, one gastric band fitting would probably pay for half a dozen gym memberships, this would be a better use of the funds.

Fix the problem at its source and stop the re occurring problems, health and fitness is not a 6 week course or 10 week diet it is for life.
"As a society we make considerable personal and financial investments in weight loss" Completely wrong, individuals make this commitment not society, it is to your benefit to maintain your health and society should not be forced to pay for your lack of maintenance. What the top rung of society needs to do ie government is make is so we can do this maintenance, that is make sure we are not working 60 hours + a week, we have wages that will allow this necessity to get done, gyms and equipment cost money. We also need a complete reversal of how the NHS works, emphasis on health not curing, doctors who check your health not fix your unhealthiness with drugs and medicines, dump all the fixed charts and ignorant doctors who dont actually know anything about health and fitness. Example 1 while in the forces a friend who played rugby was told he was over weight and had to loose two stone, my friend was 6-2 and 21 stone with less than 5% body fat, ie he was a body builder, but the chart stated for his height he was over weight. Example 2 I have recently been told I am at risk of diabetes, why? because according to the charts I am over weight, I am 5-4, 13 stone, but I have a 40 inch chest and a 34-35 inch waist, no person in their right mind could say I am over weight, I train 4-6 days a week often with high intensity sessions. Yet just over the road to me is a 30 year old women who is now struggling to get man sizes from Jacomo to fit her, XXXXXL!! and she is only 4-10 but she gets tablets and medication and is treated as disabled, when in fact she spends 24/7 on her computer eating crisps, biscuits, everything that is anti healthy, she has knee and hip problems all due to "weigth" issues and we are all paying to look after her because she cant be bothered to look after herself. The main problem is this fixation on weight, weight is totally irrelevant, is it based on a variable called gravity, it is a variable because it changes, weight cannot be used to judge health and fitness. Health and fitness maintenance is the individuals problem but we need to able to afford to do it and have the time to do it, one gastric band fitting would probably pay for half a dozen gym memberships, this would be a better use of the funds. Fix the problem at its source and stop the re occurring problems, health and fitness is not a 6 week course or 10 week diet it is for life. RealLivin
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