Why make men weight?

16/11/15 . News

The Men's Health Forum has been delivering its message about weight-loss in men through the NHS's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

A blog article by The Forum's deputy CEO Tracy Herd appears alongside other research-based insights into how best to address male obesity. Tracy draws on the Forum's research, which appears in the guide How to Make Weight-Loss Services Work for Men, to argue that weight-loss programmes will only work for men if they are designed with men in mind.

'To encourage men to lose weight, we need weight-loss programmes to be gender-specific,' said Tracy. 'Weight loss programmes for men should focus on improving health and fitness, rather than weight-loss and dieting. A male friendly approach is about paying as much attention to physical activity as dieting.'

The NIHR Dissemination Centre produces research-based reports as well as offering a forum to discuss the latest evidence and put it into context. 

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