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No gain from OH obesity programme

An OH guideline-based intervention to tackle overweight and obesity was no more effective than usual care, according to this randomised controlled trial in the Netherlands. The guideline based care was delivered by occupational physicians and comprised: advice to employers on how to address obesogenic work environment factors; individual risk assessment and face-to-face behavioural counselling for employees; evaluation and maintenance of the interventions. A total of 523 employees and 16 occupational physicians were randomised either to the intervention or usual care. Waist circumference, body weight, body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol and quality of life were measured at six, 12 and 18 months, but there were no significant differences between the intervention and usual care.

 

Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health 2013; online first: doi:10.5271/sjweh.3341. http://www.sjweh.fi/show_abstract.php?abstract_id=3341

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Occupational Health at Work April/May 2013 (vol. 09/6) pp17