Online study looks into the strategies people use to lose weight

A new study has launched to find out what strategies people use to lose weight. The online Oxford Food and Activity Behaviours (OxFAB) study focuses on what people actually do, as opposed to the things health professionals and weight loss programmes ask them to do. 

Researchers from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford are inviting anyone trying to lose weight through diet and/or exercise to get involved by visiting

Participants who choose to take part will be able to track their weight over time and fill in the questionnaires about the different things they are doing to help them to lose weight. 

As a bigger picture builds up based on the data of all those taking part, participants will be able to compare their own weight-loss strategies to others, and the researchers will see overall what works and what doesn’t work for different people.

By understanding which strategies are associated with success, the researchers hope to develop more effective guidance and advice for health professionals advising people on how to reach their weight-loss goals.

OxFAB is led by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Oxford DPhil student Jamie Hartmann-Boyce.

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Jamie Hartmann-Boyce is funded by the NIHR School for Primary Care Research and the NIHR CLAHRC Oxford at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.  

More articles     Posted on: 02 February 2015