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£2.5 million to study group treatment programme for people with severe obesity

Posted on September 25th 2020
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£2.5 million to study group treatment programme for people with severe obesity

Photo credit World Obesity Federation

A team of researchers has been awarded nearly £2.5 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

PenARC researchers will work with colleagues at the University of Exeter Medical School and the University of Plymouth, the NHS, patients and the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU), to investigate whether an intensive group-based behavioural programme called PROGROUP is less costly and more effective than usual care for people with severe obesity, and can save money.

The research, which arose from PenARC's question prioritisation process, involves the Plymouth and West Devon Weight Management Service which is provided by Livewell Southwest...

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Research shows weight loss can be boosted fivefold thanks to novel mental imagery technique

Posted on September 24th 2018
in Project update

Research shows weight loss can be boosted fivefold thanks to novel mental imagery technique

Overweight people who used a new motivational intervention called Functional Imagery Training (FIT) lost an average of five times more weight than those using talking therapy alone, shows new research published today by PenCLAHRC, the University of Plymouth and Queensland University of Technology.

In addition, users of FIT lost 4.3cm more around their waist circumference in six months – and continued to lose weight after the intervention had finished.

PenCLAHRC's Dr Linda Solbrig led the research involved 141 participants, who were allocated either to FIT or Motivational Interviewing (MI) – a technique that sees a counsellor support someone to develop, highlight and verbalise their need...

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