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Published abstracts

Avery, A., Allan, J., Lavin, J. and Pallister, C. 2010. Supporting post-natal women to lose weight. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 23(4): 439

Pallister, C., Allan, J., Lavin, J. and Avery, A. 2010. Changes in well-being, diet and activity habits of pregnant women attending a commercial weight management organisation. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 23(4): 459

Lavin, J., Pallister, C., Avery, A. and Stubbs, R.J. 2010. Weight, body mass index and behaviour change in young people accessing slimming world’s family affair programme.  Obesity Reviews. 11(s1): 433

Stubbs, J., Whybrow, S., Pallister, C., Allan, J. and Lavin, J. 2010. Effects of slimming world’s programme on dietary energy density.  Obesity Reviews. 11(s1): 438

Pallister, C., Avery, A., Stubbs, J., Lavin, J. and Bird M. 2010. Slimming World on Referral in partnership with NHS Bristol: repeated referral up to 48 weeks. Obesity Reviews. 11(s1): 236

Pallister, C., Avery, A., Stubbs, J. and Lavin, J. 2010. Slimming World on Referral: evaluation of weight management outcomes when working in partnership with a commercial organisation. Obesity Reviews. 11(s1): 237

Stubbs, R.J., Pallister, C., Avery, A., Allan, J. and Lavin, J. 2010. Behaviour change in a survey of weight-loss maintainers using the Slimming World programme.  Obesity Reviews. 11(s1): 292

Avery, A., Allan. J., Pallister. C. & Lavin. J. 2009. An investigation into the dietary advice given by health professionals to Slimming World members with diabetes and how members are fitting this advice into Slimming World's eating plan. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 22(6) pp582-3.

  • This study investigated, via a member website based questionnaire, how Slimming World members with diabetes fit advice given to them by their health professionals into the Slimming World eating plan, Food Optimising. It found that the majority of repsondents find it either 'very easy' or 'quite easy' to fit their personal advice into the eating plan due to its flexibilty, and that attending Slimming World and following Food Optimising can be beneficial for both weight loss and diabetes management.

Bye. C., Avery. A., Stubbs. J., Horgan. G. and Lavin. J. 2008. Impact of Slimming World on Referral on rate and extent of weight loss. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

Brown. L., Van Blerk. C., Finer. N., McEneny. And Reavell. C. 2005. Short-term effects of two popular dietary interventions for weight loss (versus control group) on lipid peroxidation, LDL oxidation and antioxidant balance. Obesity Reviews. Vol. 6(s1), p2.

Avery. A. Tackling obesity in primary care: assessing the practicalities of working in partnership with the commercial slimming sector. 2003. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 16(5): 370.

Avery A, Bye C, Lavin J. & Stubbs J. 2008. Is Slimming World on Referral an effective option to help people with learning difficulties manage their weight? Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics, 21(4):376-37

A Slimming World on Referral scheme set up specifically for patients with learning difficulties. Click here to view our poster on Slimming World and weight-loss in people with learning difficulties. (PDF download)

  • In a 24 week referral project for patients with learning difficulties an average attendance of 19 weeks produced an average: reduction in BMI of 1.6Kg/m2; weight change on -4.2Kg; and percent weight change of -4.4%. Slimming World on Referral is an effective option for helping people with learning difficulties to manage their weight. 

Bye C, Avery A, Stubbs J. & Lavin J. 2007. Influence of Slimming World’s lifestyle programme on the diet, activity behaviour and health of participants and the whole families.International Journal of Obesity, Vol.31 (Suppl 1): S192

How contact with Slimming World can beneficially affect the whole family. Click here to view our poster on Slimming World and lifestyle changes. (PDF download)

  • This abstract details the responses (member and non-member) to a Slimming World magazine questionnaire investigating how being aware of and following the Slimming World eating and exercise plans affects family life.
  • Over 80% of respondents had experienced an improvement in health and >33% saw an improvement in the health of their families, with most stating an increase in physical activity and almost half stating increased family activity.
  • Slimming World has beneficial affects on diet, activity and health and people accessing Slimming World services disseminate positive behavioural change to their families.

Bye C.J, Lavin J.H, Whybrow S. and Stubbs R.J. 2006. What characteristics underlie successful weight loss? Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 65, p92.

What characteristics underlie successful weight loss?

  • This study examined, through means of questionnaires, food diaries and activity monitors, whether differences exist between “successful” and “less successful” slimmers.
  • It found that successful slimmers reported lower daily energy intake and lower percentage intakes of fat.  Differences in activity levels were not significant.
  • It was concluded that more successful slimmers have a higher level of diet pre-occupation, suggesting that they have a greater awareness of the nutritional composition of foods that leads them to make healthier food choices than the less successful slimmers.

Avery A, Lavin J.H, Rees E, Whitehead D, Whitehead S.M. & Barth J.H. 2004. Improvements in mental well-being during weight loss on a slimming on referral programme. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 63.

Slimming World on Referral can improve the mental well-being of patients. Click here to view our poster on Slimming World and Mental Well-being. (PDF download)

  • This abstract shows that not only can a significant percentage of patients enrolled on Slimming World on Referral lose 5-10% of body weight but mental well-being is significantly improved by this scheme.

Powell C, Lavin J, Russell J. & Barker M. 2004. Factors associated with successful weight loss and attendance at commercial slimming group. International Journal of Obesity, Vol.28 (Suppl 1): S144

What factors are more likely to make new Slimming World members have successful weight loss?

  • Through means of questionnaire to new members and use of Slimming World data, the factors that affect successful weight loss were investigated.
  • The study showed that targets for 5-10% weight loss for health improvement can be achieved in commercial slimming groups. Compliance to the Slimming World plan coupled with early weight loss success and family support seem to be key elements in achieving success in a commercial setting.