An evaluation of the ‘Measure Up’ community weight management programme
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AbstractThe study aimed to determine if the ‘Measure Up’ community weight management programme, which is delivered in Knowsley, is effective in supporting participants to reduce their body weight and waist circumference. This was a repeated measures study of participants (n=42, mean BMI = 30.7kg/m2) attending weekly weight management sessions over a 12 week period. Participants attended sessions at three different sites in Knowsley; Kirkby (n=9, mean BMI 33.3kg/m2), Knowsley Village (n=21, mean BMI 29.4 kg/m2) and Whiston (n=12, mean BMI 31kg/m2). Body weight was recorded at baseline, 6 (n=26), 12 (n=35) and 24 weeks (n=9). Waist circumference was measured at baseline and 12 weeks. There were significant decreases in body weight between baseline and 6 weeks (P=0.000) of 0.95kg and between baseline and 12 weeks (P=0.001) of 3.6kg. During the 12 week course 21% of participants reduced body weight by >5% and 59% reduced body weight by 0.1-4.9%. There was no statistical difference in waist measurement during the 12 week course (P=0.452) or between weight loss at the three sites (P=0.504). Post course there was a significant difference between body weight at baseline and 24 weeks (P=0.017) of 3.6kg but no difference between 12 and 24 weeks (P=0.168). ‘Measure Up’ is effective at supporting participants to reduce their body weight and maintain this weight reduction at 12 weeks post intervention. Participants across all three sites achieved similar results. Changes can be made to better support participants post intervention.
PublisherUniversity of Chester
TypeThesis or dissertation
SponsorsKnowsley Community Health Development Team
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