UNEW Update Jan 2016

What is your role in NoHoW?

UNEW Newcastle leads a programme of initial research designed to increase our understanding of the challenges, barriers, facilitators and mechanisms of long term weight maintenance after initial weight loss. This research also includes a needs assessment and feeds into the development of the NoHoW interventions. Based on Newcastle experience with Weight Loss Maintenance Trials, we also contribute to the development of the NoHoW interventions and the study to evaluate them by sharing experiences and providing advice.

What have you done so far?

We have completed population representative omnibus surveys in the UK, Portugal and Denmark which provide the NoHoW consortium with a comprehensive understanding of knowledge and preferences about weight management in the population as well as with a behavioural epidemiology of weight loss and weight loss maintenance practices. We are also conducting qualitative research and are preparing a prospective cohort study in collaboration with Slimming world to fill gaps in current knowledge about how best to support weight loss maintenance.

How will your work in NoHoW have an impact?

We recently conducted the most comprehensive systematic review of weight loss maintenance interventions (Dombrowski et al., 2014; British Medical Journal, g2646). Our work systematically addresses gaps in previous knowledge about how to sustain weight loss. Our survey data suggest that in the UK alone, there might be as many as 10 million weight loss attempts a year that lead to initial, clinically relevant weight loss. To date, there is no evidence-based support available to support maintenance. Together with our NoHoW partners we will change this and thereby contribute to the international efforts to control obesity in Europe.

Falko Sniehotta

Prof. Falko Sniehotta