Attendance and weight outcomes in 4754 adults referred over 6 months to a primary care/commercial weight management partnership scheme
Stubbs R, Brogelli DJ, Pallister CJ
This project audited attendance and weight loss in a primary care/commercial weight management partnership scheme in patients who participated over 6 months. 4754 adult patients (575 men, 4179 women) were referred to Slimming World for 24 weekly sessions. Data were analysed using individual weekly weight records. Mean (standard deviation, SD) body mass index (BMI) change was −3.3 kg m−2 (2.2), weight change −8.9 kg (6.0), percent weight change −8.6% (5.3) and number of sessions attended 21.3 (3.2) of 24. For patients attending at least 20 of 24 sessions (n = 3626 or 76.3%), mean (SD) BMI change was −3.6 kg m−2 (2.2), weight change −9.6 kg (6.1), percent weight change −9.3% (5.3). Weight loss was greater in men than women (P < 0.001). 74.5% of all patients enrolled, and 79.3% of patients attending 20 or more sessions achieved at least 5% weight loss. 37.3% of the whole population lost ≥10% of their weight. Weight gain was prevented in 96.3% of all patients referred. Referral to a commercial organization for community-based lifestyle intervention is a practical option for longer-term National Health Service weight management strategies.
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