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Commercial, community and/or self-help weight management programmes should meet National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) best practice standards by:

  • helping people decide on a realistic healthy target weight loss (usually 5-10% of their weight)
  • aiming for a maximum weekly weight loss of 0.5-1kg
  • focusing on long-term lifestyle changes
  • addressing both diet and activity, and offering a variety of approaches
  • using a balanced, healthy-eating approach
  • offering practical, safe advice about being more active
  • including some behaviour change techniques, such as keeping a diary and advice on how to cope with "lapses" and "high-risk" situations
  • recommending and/or providing on-going support

To view the full NICE Obesity guidance click on the link.

Disclaimer: Shropshire Public Health has compiled this list of weight management providers for reference information only. These weight management providers are not accredited by Shropshire Council and no quality assurance checks have been undertaken. Each individual is advised to satisfy themselves as to the standard of service being offered and its appropriateness.


Weight Watchers

This is a programme that allows people to eat what they like, with an emphasis on nutrition and how to choose the foods that help to keep feeling fuller for longer. Weight Watchers usesProPoints plan, which assigns a value to every food and drink based on the amount of protein, carbohydrate, fat and fibre in the portion. Check online to find your nearest meeting.

Who is it for

Anyone above 17 years of age and children over 10 years of age accompanied by a guardian with a referral letter from GP

How

Group meetings or online

Where

Meetings throughout Shropshire

Cost

Pay weekly or monthly at each meeting or monthly by direct debit for online version

Contact details

www.weightwatchers.co.uk
Telephone: 08457 123 000


Slimming World

The programme uses Food Optimising as a system to prepare meals that can be eaten by the whole family without the need for calorie counting. It emphasizes the flexibility to make choices that fit each participant's life.  Check online to find your nearest meeting.

Who is it for

Anyone above 17 years of age and children over 11 years accompanied by a guardian

How

Group meetings or online

Where

Meetings throughout Shropshire

Cost

Pay weekly or in blocks of sessions at meetings or monthly by direct debit for online version

Contact details

www.slimmingworld.com
Telephone: 08448 978 000


Cambridge Weight Plan

Cambridge offers 6 different plans called 'steps', ranging from Very Low Calorie Diet (440 to 550 calories a day) to a maintenance plan.  For a diet of less than 600 calories a day your GP will have to be informed.
Participants see a consultant on a one to one basis, and the programme is based on the use of meal replacement products that are used either exclusively in place of, or with small additions of conventional food.  Check online to find your nearest consultant.

Who is it for

Anyone over 18 years of age can follow steps 1 to 6, dependent on their health.  Young people over 14 years with consent from their GP must be accompanied by a parent and can only follow steps 2 to 6

How

Consultant visit on a weekly basis

Where

A consulting room in the community or in the consultant's home

Cost

Depends on how many replacements meals are needed per day

Contact details

www.cambridgeweightplan.com
Telephone: 0800 161 412


Lighter Life

This programme is aimed at people with a BMI of 25 or over. It works by replacing conventional meals with food packs, and has three different dieting levels.  GP supervision is required, either for the lower calorie diets or if participants have medical problems. Check online to find your nearest meeting.

Who is it for

Anyone over 16 years of age

How

Single-sex group meetings

Where

Limited meetings in Shropshire

Cost

Fixed weekly cost according to the programme chosen

Contact details

http://www.lighterlife.com/
Telephone: 0800 2988 988


Rosemary Conley

Face-to-face weekly classes include an exercise session as well as a weigh-in. The online programme includes recipes and exercise plan, and is supported by experts that can reply to clients' queries. The diet comprises a variety of recipes based on protein or carbohydrate foods, as well as replacement meals.

Who is it for

Anyone over 16 years of age

How

Weekly classes or online

Where

Limited classes in Shropshire

Cost

Pay weekly at classes or monthly by direct debit for online version

Contact details

www.rosemaryconley.com
Telephone: 01509 620222


Tesco Diets

The online registration process includes details on age, height, weight and a number of specific medical conditions. The site offers 15 different diets, to suit people's preferences and needs. There are mentors and nutritionists available to contact by email or chat online to get more help and support. For a small additional fee it is possible to access a large bank of recipes and an online fitness programme.

Who is it for

Anyone over 18 years of age

How

Online

Where

From any computer

Cost

Monthly/3 monthly/6 monthly online payment

Contact details

www.tescodiets.com


Disclaimer

Shropshire Public Health has compiled this list of weight management providers for reference information only. These weight management providers are not accredited by Shropshire Council and no quality assurance checks have been undertaken. Each individual is advised to satisfy themselves as to the standard of service being offered and its appropriateness.

 

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Fact Zone


Sedentary behaviour - continually living in a sedentary way - such as sitting reading, watching TV or travelling by car, bus or train and not taking appropriate amounts of physical activity are associated with the risk of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes, some cancer and premature death.

 

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