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Issue no 485 | 28 October 2002
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Log on to lose it - the weight-loss website

 

The first professional, unbiased and fully monitored weight-loss website is to go on trial across Leeds, thanks to University research.

"Other websites claim to help you diet,” said lead researcher and dietitian Dr Sara Kirk. “However, most are trying to sell you a product, and aren’t monitored or evaluated, so we have no idea whether they really work. We need to monitor, so we can refer patients back to GPs if we see a dangerous level of weight loss. The site will be evaluated and, if successful, could help reduce GP consultation times and make obesity treatment more accessible.”

Each user can personalise the site, logging goals, and weight loss, to see their progression. The site offers recipes and meal planners, email an expert, and a chat room and message board to ‘talk’ to fellow dieters. “This support is vital,” said Dr Kirk. “With the site always accessible, if someone feels demoralised or tempted to binge, they can log on to get help.”

Of the 180 participants to be recruited through GP surgeries in Leeds for the website trial, all will have access to doctors, but half will also use the website. However, those not using the site will still be making a major contribution to the trial, in the hope that, if successful, the service will be made available to all.

The project is funded by the PPP Foundation. For more details, contact Sara Kirk on ext 36990, email hsssflk@leeds.ac.uk

 
 


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