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Online Intervention Helps Sustain Weight Loss

(University of Southampton) New research, led by the University of Southampton, has found that an online behavioural counselling tool is effective at helping people lose weight.
Obesity is a common problem that affects around a quarter of adults in the UK. It can result in a number of health problems including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, joint problems and stroke. Aside from changes to diet and increased levels of physical activity, behavioural counselling is effective at helping people lose weight, but previous studies have shown that to be effective intensive counselling and support is needed.
People given evidence-based information online that had been shown to help previously lost around 3 Kg (6.6 lb), but using the Positive Online Weight Reduction (POWeR)+ online programme with very brief support from practice staff, participants lost over one kg (2.2lb) more averaged over 12 months and were more likely to maintain clinically important weight loss by 12 months.
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