Obese people ‘can benefit from diet plans’

20 December 2012

Overweight and obese individuals trying to beat the bulge in a bid to get fit and healthy should consider using a popular weight loss programme, the NHS has reported.

In the study, which has been published in the Journal of Public Health, it was recommended that people who found it difficult to lose weight on their own initiative could benefit from enrolling on a proper programme.

The NHS discovered that a whopping 80 per cent of people who participated in schemes like Slimming World and Rosemary Conley ended up being 11lbs lighter than before.

“Patients were offered 12 free weekly sessions at one of three commercial providers: Weight Watchers, Slimming World or Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Clubs (Rosemary Conley),” commented Dr Karen Dixon, a weight specialist who oversaw the experiments.

“NHS slimming on referral can successfully achieve short-term weight loss. Patients attending Weight Watchers were most likely to lose weight than those attending other providers.”

Earlier this year, the NHS conducted a survey finding that a quarter of all adults living in England are now classed as being obese.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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