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Weight regain does not eliminate the long term benefits of weight management programmes

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: (Published 07 November 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2403
  1. Helen Saul, editor in chief1,
  2. Brendan Deeney, science writer1,
  3. Jemma Kwint, senior research fellow+2,
  4. Paul Aveyard, Professor of behavioural medicine2
  1. 1NIHR Evidence, Twickenham, UK
  2. 2University of Oxford
  1. Correspondence to H Saul evidence{at}

The study

Hartmann-Boyce J, Theodoulou A, Oke JL, et al. Long term effect of weight regain following behavioral weight management programs on cardiometabolic disease incidence and risk: systematic review and meta-analysis. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2023;16:263-76.

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  • Competing interests: The BMJ has judged that there are no disqualifying financial ties to commercial companies. The authors declare the following other interests: Two authors were investigators on a trial of a low energy diet replacement programme funded by the Cambridge Weight Plan.

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