Abbreviated to Diogenes, this five-year program "Diet, Obesity and Genes", involves 34 partners across 14 European countries and includes the study of dietary, genetic, physiological and psychological/behavioural factors in diet, lifestyle and weight management.
In 2006, Slimming World became a partner in the Diogenes project and more than 1400 Slimming World members contributed to the project. The data collection phase of the study has now ended. Across Europe and at Slimming World the research teams are busy analysing and writing-up the results!
The programme involves a consortium of 34 partners across 14 countries in Europe, including world-class centres in diet and health studies, epidemiology, dietary genomics and food technology. Diogenes has recently been chosen as one of the success stories of the EU Framework 6 programme.
Leading obesity researcher and Slimming World research specialist, Dr James Stubbs, who is co-ordinating the company's involvement in the study, says: "There's never been a project like this. Our involvement in the Diogenes study is enabling us to assess key lifestyle and psycho-social aspects of weight loss and maintenance. The project has provided invaluable insights into user experience, behaviour change and determinants of success among people engaged in weight management programmes, across the EU and in a commercial setting. These findings are helping us to enhance the way we engage people in implementing behaviour change at the individual level. This will ultimately make it easier for people to navigate to, and remain at, a healthy weight.
Participation in this project further strengthens Slimming World's position at the cutting edge of weight management. The research has integrated studies of dietary, genetic, physiological and behavioural factors in weight management. It is providing real insights into our members' experiences and acceptability of our programme, alongside their behaviour changes and helping us to implement behaviour change solutions at the level of the individual consumer to improve health, well-being and quality of life for the majority of us who are now overweight or obese".
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- Whybrow S, Gibbs M, Pallister C, Stubbs J. The financial costs of a healthy eating weight-loss diet. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (In Press).
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