Active IQ
Active IQ
Active IQ
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

Follow Health Club Management on Twitter Like Health Club Management on Facebook Join the discussion with Health Club Management on LinkedIn Subscribe to Health Club Management
UNITING THE WORLD OF FITNESS
Get the latest news, jobs and features in your inbox
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

News

Clear advice and empathy from doctors accelerates weight loss

People who seek medical advice about weight loss have hugely different outcomes depending on how their doctor addresses the matter – and how sympathetic they feel their doctor to be.

New research from Duke University in the US found that when doctors gave generic advice, such as “you should exercise more”, participants in the study only achieved modest weight loss. However, when they gave very specific advice and instructions for lifestyle change, results were significantly better.

The year-long study followed 134 overweight people – predominantly women and with a mean age of 51. Some had additional health issues such as diabetes.

Participants were invited to take part in a weight-loss programme that included tailored behavioural goals, educational material, calls from coaches and text messages with weight-loss tips and progress reports. They also saw health care providers regularly.

Some doctors urged patients in general terms to "lose weight" or "exercise more,” while others gave specific advice, such as encouraging them to take calls from weight-loss coaches. These patients lost nearly 7lbs more on average.

In addition, people who rated their doctor as empathetic and caring also lost 7lbs more on average.

"Patients who enrol in a weight-loss programme should consider asking their health care providers to check in on their progress, as this can keep them accountable” said Megan McVay, assistant professor at the University of Florida, and co-author of the study. “It’s also important to have a doctor they feel cares about them and has sympathy towards how hard it is to lose weight."

"Just telling somebody to lose weight or improve their diet or physical activity didn't work," said study co-author Gary Bennett, professor of psychology at Duke. “Doctors should encourage patients to get involved in specific programmes.”

The study has been published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Related news

Study: regular exercise 'makes young people choose healthier foods'

31 Jan 2019
Regular exercise has been linked to better eating habits among young people. Research by the ...

Study: obesity linked with 13 common cancers globally

09 Jan 2019
Obese people have an increased risk of developing 13 types of cancer – and the ...

Disease timebomb to hit over-65s by 2035 as obesity and inactivity rise – study

26 Jan 2018
The number of older people diagnosed with four or more diseases will double within the ...

News

Construction work on The Wave, a £37m indoor water park and leisure centre in Coventry,
Ukactive has revealed the finalists for its annual industry awards. This year's edition is set
Social enterprise Mytime Active has signed a 40-year deal to run 12 leisure facilities in
The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has chosen body image as the theme for its Mental
Fitness studio operator Bodystreet has expanded its UK operations with the opening of two new
A study on exercise injuries has suggested that people who engage in high-intensity interval training
Les Mills
Les Mills
In recent years, combat exercise has increased in popularity among contemporary gym-users. Previously exclusive to
Physical activity is crucial in order to maintain substantial weight loss – and more important
Self-styled life coach 'guru' Tony Robbins and American rapper Pitbull have partnered with entrepreneur Bill
A record 62.6 per cent of the adult population are now classed as physically active,
Boutique HIIT studio operator Ritual Gym will open its first site in the US next
Swim England has called for health professionals to be "more proactive" in prescribing swimming to
Dutch PT and small group exercise operator Gustav Gym has revealed its plans for expansion
Global Wellness Summit
Global Wellness Summit
Organisers of Elevate, Elite Sport and COPA are delighted to announce Metro Blind Sport as
Yoga studio operator Honor Yoga has revealed plans to expand its footprint and stretch its
As reported in HCM earlier this month, the European health and fitness market continued to
Independently-owned boutique fitness operator Discobarre, which "bridges the gap between fitness and dance", will launch
Focus Training
Focus Training
1 - 15 of 10,875
Features
HCM Celebs
Fitness and healthy living are a key part of my music and life
Features
Strength
Do you need strength training kit that fits a smaller space? Julie Fisher takes a look at the options
Features
Analysis
Features
Software
New technology is transforming the way the health and fitness industry functions and interacts with customers. Liz Terry catches up with operators around the industry for an update
Features
Research
New research from Deloitte China and IHRSA shows the market for health and fitness in India is starting to grow, as Kirsten Walsh reports
Features
Functional
Having good functional fitness is a lifetime requirement. We speak to operators taking functional fitness back to its roots to aid rehabilitation
Features
Research
Leisure-net’s annual Health and Fitness Omnibus Survey (HAFOS) is now in its 15th year. We talk to Leisure-net’s Mike Hill about what’s changed, and what hasn’t, since 2002
Features
Cycling
What does the big data around group cycling show? What’s hot, who’s most engaged and what’s up and coming for the year ahead?
Features
ukactive
The sector’s challenge is to focus its collective efforts on the pillars of public life, delivering a beneficial impact for children and young adults, workers and older people, says Steven Ward
Features
Research
The fitness industry in China is growing fast according to The IHRSA Greater China Health Club Report, produced in November 2018 in collaboration with Deloitte China. Kristen Walsh reports
Features
Group Exercise
We look at the current group exercise landscape and ask what’s likely to be trending in the year ahead, as well as tactics club operators can use to improve their results
Features
People
We’ll soon be starting work on a mega club, called Eden RAW, which will have four boutique offerings under one roof and is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020
People
Fitness is cool, but sport is also a significant growth market for the health club industry and it’s important for us to share what we’ve learned through our Olympic contracts
People
I need to keep strong for the rest of my life, ensuring my body can cope with everyday tasks in order to live with a degree of independence
People
We are mad and focused, loud and strategic, wild and global
People
The vision of a fitter planet is a very powerful one. It’s about our collective ability to look after our own wellbeing, which influences the wellbeing of our communities and our environment
People
We help people break bad habits and change their lifestyles for better health. By monitoring our members’ progress and keeping in touch via our app, we guarantee results
People
We can open all over the US. In fact, some of our best CycleBar studios are being opened in the middle of nowhere, like in Louisville, Kentucky. There’s no SoulCycle in Kentucky, I can guarantee that
People
The amount of change in just the past five years has been enormous. The make up of the top 10 brands is unrecognisable: some of those who considered themselves the market leaders are now gone, replaced by challengers
People
In every class, we invite participants to unleash their inner rockstars, let themselves go and rock out with a community of like-minded friends. They can healthily release their aggression and feel a sense of freedom
People
Promotional Feature
Promotional feature
In just a one-month period, we saw a 77 per cent uplift in revenue
Job search
POST YOUR JOB
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Dyaco UK launches the Johnny G Spirit Bike with first installation at Feelgood Fitness, Grantham
Dyaco UK has announced the official launch of the long-awaited Johnny G Spirit Bike to the UK, with the first installation in Feelgood Fitness in Grantham
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Functional fitness a priority for second New Age fitness club
Following the success of its first gym in Hamilton, Scotland, New Age Fitness has opened a second facility in nearby Coatbridge.
Video Gallery
DFC: We do more...
DFC
DFC are a leading direct debit collection company, providing cash flow solutions to happy clients from all over the UK. Read more
More videos:
Company profiles
Company profile: Technogym
Founded in 1983, Technogym is a world leading international supplier of technology and design-driven products ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Pure World Energy
Pure World Energy (PWE) is an energy efficiency services business, delivering funded on-site energy generation ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Exercise equipment
Matrix Fitness: Exercise equipment
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Skincare
Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A: Skincare
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions Ltd: Flooring
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Fitness equipment
Dyaco International: Fitness equipment
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Lockers/interior design
Craftsman Quality Lockers Ltd: Lockers/interior design
Professional services
Deloitte UK: Professional services
Management software
GymSales: Management software
Property & Tenders
New Brighton, Wirral, Merseyside
Wirral Borough Council
Property & Tenders
Various Sites
Porters Commercial
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
24-25 Apr 2019
Business Design Centre, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
05-10 May 2019
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia
Diary dates
Active IQ
Active IQ