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Counterweight Weight Management Program Study

Weight loss Study Aim
To assess the efficacy of a UK primary care weight management program.

Weight loss Study Methods
Eighty primary care practices from 7 areas of the UK were recruited into the Counterweight Program. Specialist obesity dietitians provided practice training, clinical support and implemented protocols. Patients attended 6 individual appointments (10-20 minutes) or 6 group sessions (1 hour) with a nurse over 3 months, and were then seen quarterly. Data are reported from the first 30 practices.

Weight loss Study Results
Six hundred and eighty two patients (mean BMI=37.0) were recruited. At baseline 75 percent had at least one obesity related co-morbidity. Mean weight loss at 3 months was 3.3kg, range 22.0kg (loss) to 6.4kg (gain), while at 6 months it was 4.3kg, range 20.5kg (loss) to 6.0kg (gain). At 6 months 13 percent of patients lost >=10 percent (n=25) and 43 percent lost >= 5 percent (n=85). There was no difference in weight loss by co-morbidity prevalence, gender or age. Higher BMI was associated with greater weight reduction.

Weight loss Study Conclusion
Primary care training and implementation of treatment protocols is effective for obesity management.

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