Evaluation of a lifestyle weight management programme collaborating with local GPs in Hampshire to tackle obesity
PHE ePoster Library. Assi R. Sep 12, 2019; 274314; 124
Dr. Ravi Assi
Dr. Ravi Assi
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Abstract Introduction
Tackling obesity is a public health priority. WW (the new Weight Watchers)®, Hampshire County Council and local GP's have been innovatively working together to increase referrals, participation and outcomes in lifestyle weight management programmes by providing services on site.
Method
10 GP practices offered patients with BMI>30kg/m2, a referral to join a WW workshop hosted at their own surgery. Participants attended 12 weekly face-to-face group workshops with digital support. They could continue for a further 12 workshops subject to specific criteria. The programme encompassed healthy eating with an emphasis on positive mindset and physical activity. Data was obtained for 642 participants (27% male; mean age 52 years (SD=10); mean - BMI 35.6 kg/m2 (SD=4)). The average group size was 30.
Results
Of all participants at 12 weeks, 46% (n=295) lost 5% or more of their initial weight, which is more favourable than published datai. 61% completed (attended >10 workshops), 67% of which lost ≥5% initial weight. Average weight loss was 4.5kg (SD=3) representing 4.6% of initial weight (5.9kg, (SD=4) 5.9% for completers).
Conclusion
This analysis demonstrates that this lifestyle weight management programme is effective while providing innovative on-site GP practice services. These outcomes can support health and wellbeing priorities in local communities. External funding details
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