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Funds awarded to develop weight loss maintenance toolkit

March 29, 2015

The European Commission recently awarded more than €4.9 million to a 12-member consortium to develop and evaluate a toolkit that will help people who have lost weight, maintain the weight loss, according to a press release.

“The challenge today is not to help people lose weight — most people can do that,” Berit L. Heitmann, PhD, coordinator of NoHoW and director for the research unit for dietary studies at the Parker Institute of Copenhagen University Hospital, said in the release. “The challenge is to help people maintain their weight loss over a long time. Generally speaking 90% to 95% of all overweight and obese people have had one or more successful weight loss attempts but only 5% to 10% have successfully kept the weight off for more than 5 years.”

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