Men poorly served by weight loss programmes

13/06/14 . News

The Men's Health Forum has welcomed a report from researchers at Aberdeen University on weight loss programmes. Now the findings must be put into practice.

Fewer men join weight loss programmes but are more likely than women to stick with them, according to the analysis of international obesity studies led by University of Aberdeen researchers.

Men also prefer the use of simple ‘business-like’ language, welcome humour used sensitively, and benefit from the moral support of other men in strategies to tackle obesity. 

These are some of the findings of scientists prompting them to suggest if weight loss programmes were specifically designed for men these might be more effective at helping them lose weight.

Martin Tod, the Men's Health Forum's CEO said 'Men are not getting the service they need on weight loss from the NHS. Even though men are more likely than women to be overweight and obese - and more likely to die from weight-related disease - men are still only a small minority of those in NHS-funded weight loss programmes. We welcome this new research. It is crucial though, that we put the findings into practice and develop programmes that appeal to men and work for men. Otherwise men will continue to suffer avoidable disease and unnecessarily early death.'

The Men's Health Forum advised Abeerdeen University on the report which was published for Men's Health Week.

The Men's Health Forum has produced tips for health professionals based on the research and will produce a handbook for those helping men lose weight.

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