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Small change approach to diet and physical activity could help in fight against obesity, new study finds

Source: NCSEM 01.10.21



Making small changes to your daily calorie intake and/or physical activity levels to manage your weight may help to prevent weight gain, a new Loughborough University study has found.

Most adults on average gain 0.5–1 kg per year. As a result, over 50% of the global population are living with being overweight and are at increased risk of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

With the rising prevalence of obesity, it is estimated that in the UK, annual health costs linked to being overweight will reach £9.7 billion by 2050. These statistics highlight an urgent need to find effective interventions to stop people from gaining weight. It is also important that these interventions are easy for the public to achieve in their everyday lives.

Traditional weight management interventions typically involve asking people to make large changes to their diet and physical activity levels, which can be effective in the short-term, but often leads to weight regain over time.

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