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Testing a brief intervention for weight management in primary care


Obesity affects 25% of the adult population in the UK and it is projected to double in the next 50 years. Obesity increases the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. There is good evidence that moderate weight loss (5-10% of initial body weight) among obese adults reduces the risk of diabetes. However there is little evidence on the effectiveness of the diverse range of available weight loss services and whether these can be delivered at a population level through primary care.

This study evaluates whether offering help to people with obesity by referral to a weight management service and follow-up to assess progress, or advice to lose weight on medical grounds is effective in change in weight at 12 months.

Study Design: Pragmatic randomised controlled trial.
Sponsor: University of Oxford  
Ethical Approval: Ethics Ref: 13/SC/0028
Chief Investigator: Professor Paul Aveyard, University of Oxford
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Webinar: Professor Susan Jebb on the brief intervention for weight loss in primary care, hosted by the NIHR Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network.