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Article Type: Food facts From: Nutrition & Food Science, Volume 42, Issue 2
Commercial weight management organisations have welcomed the results of a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) that compared weight losses achieved through NHS referral to Slimming World, Weight Watchers and Rosemary Conley with those achieved through primary care led programmes. The study shows that commercial slimming clubs are more effective and cheaper.
Slimming World on Referral has been in operation for ten years and these latest findings confirm a recent study of 34,000 patients – the largest audit of a commercial weight management organisation –which found that patients who complete at least ten of the 12 weeks achieve a 5.5 percent weight loss.
Stubbs, R.J., Pallister, C., Whybrow, S., Avery, A. and Lavin, J. (2011), “Weight outcomes audit for 34,271 adults referred to a primary care/commercial weight management partnership scheme”, Obesity Facts, Vol. 4, pp. 113-20.