British Social Attitudes: Attitudes to obesity

NatCen Social Research, December 2016

PHE commissioned NatCen Social Research to include a set of questions in its British Social Attitudes survey to understand the public’s view of obesity and related issues. This report presents NatCen’s analysis of the results.

The primary findings show that people underestimate their weight and struggle to identify the point when someone becomes obese. Almost two thirds of adults are overweight or obese. All of this combined suggests being overweight or obese is normalised in society.

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Telehealth for patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease: pragmatic randomised controlled trial

BMJ, 1 June 2016

This randomised controlled trial aims to assess whether non-clinical staff can effectively manage people at high risk of cardiovascular disease using digital health technologies.

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Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet – England, 2016

HSCIC, May 2016

This statistical report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) presents a range of information on obesity, physical activity and diet, drawn together from a variety of sources.  The report is split into four sections covering; overweight and obesity prevalence among adults and children; health outcomes, including health risks, hospital admissions and prescription drugs used for treatment of obesity; physical activity levels among adults and children and diet among adults and children, including trends in purchases, and consumption of food and drink and energy intake.

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Making Every Contact Count Bulletin – April 2016

Library and Information Service, April 2016

This Library bulletin provides further reading to support the ‘Making Every Contact Count’ programme.

There are links to recent research papers and articles in each of the MECC areas to give you further background information and evidence to consolidate what you have learned in your training, and to give you ideas and confidence for using MECC in your day-to-day encounters.

This issue features recent Cochrane reviews on workplace interventions for reducing sitting, dietary fibre for prevention of cardiovascular disease and combined interventions for smoking cessation, as well as other peer-reviewed articles.  There is also a link to resources for implementing MECC and a report on why people struggle to make behavioural changes and what can be done to overcome these hurdles.

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You will need to login with your Athens account to view the articles in this bulletin unless it is indicated that they are “Open Access”.  All LCFT staff and students are eligible to register for an Athens account.  Please click here to register for an account or contact the Library.

The Eatwell Guide

Public Health England, March 2016

The Eatwell Guide shows the proportions in which different types of foods are needed to
have a well-balanced and healthy diet. It shows the different types of foods and drinks we should consume – and in what proportions – to have a healthy, balanced diet.  The Eatwell Guide can help you make healthier choices when deciding what to eat, when you’re cooking, out shopping or eating out.

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Active commuting and obesity in mid-life: cross-sectional, observational evidence from UK Biobank

The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, March 2016

This cross-sectional observational study aimed to examine the relation between active commuting and obesity in mid-life using objectively measured anthropometric data from UK Biobank.

The study is the first to use UK Biobank data to address the topic of active commuting and obesity and shows robust, independent associations between active commuting and healthier bodyweight and composition. These findings support the case for interventions to promote active travel as a population-level policy response for prevention of obesity in mid-life.

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Primary prevention and risk factor reduction in coronary heart disease mortality among working aged men and women in eastern Finland over 40 years: population based observational study

BMJ, 1 March 2016

This population based observational study aims to estimate how much changes in the main risk factors of cardiovascular disease (smoking prevalence, serum cholesterol, and systolic blood pressure) can explain the reduction in coronary heart disease mortality observed among working aged men and women in eastern Finland.

The study concludes that reductions in disease burden and mortality due to coronary heart disease can be achieved through the use of population based primary prevention programmes. Secondary prevention among high risk individuals and treatment of acute events of coronary heart disease could confer additional benefit.

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