A new study published in the British Medical Journal said that NHS weight loss programs were not effective and people should instead opt for other weight loss programs such as Weight Watchers in order to lose their weight more effectively.
The study, conducted by researchers from University of Birmingham, included 740 overweight men and women from around area. The researchers divided the volunteers into six groups with each group joining Weight Watchers, Slimming World, Rosemary Conley, a NHS program called Size Down, one-to-one counseling sessions in GP surgeries, or one-to-one counseling in pharmacies for a period of 12 weeks.
The researchers found that those who joined privately run programs such as Weight Watchers, Slimming World and Rosemary Conley showed highest average weight loss among the six groups with Weight Watchers coming on top with 4.43kg.
Stating that the study showed NHS programs to be ineffective the researchers said, "Commercially provided weight management services are more effective and cheaper than primary care based services led by specially trained staff, which are ineffective."