Barriers to and facilitators of long term weight loss maintenance in adult UK people: A thematic analysis

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Adult obesity and overweight is affecting every region of the world and is described as one of today’s most significant and neglected public health problems. The problem has taken the shape of an epidemic not only because the prevalence of obesity has witnessed a dramatic progress in a short period of time, but also because obesity has paved the way for increased risks for morbidity and mortality associated with it. It has been predicted that about half of the adult men and more than a quarter of adult women would be obese by 2030 in the UK and this figure could rise up to 50% in 2050 for whole of the adult UK population. Although a modest 5–10% weight loss maintained in the long term can significantly decrease health risk, few people engage in weight loss activities. Against this background, this review paper aims to investigate the reasons helping and/or hindering adults in the UK maintain weight loss in the long term; using online and organizational data sources and thematically analyzing the data. Self-body perception, enhanced self-confidence, social support, self-motivation, incentives and rewards, increased physical activity levels and healthy eating habits facilitated people in maintaining weight loss in the long term and overall quality of life. Extreme weather conditions, natural phenomena such as accidents, injuries and ill-health, work commitments, inability for time management and to resist the temptation for food constrained the successful long-term weight loss maintenance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1512-1520
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Preventive Medicine
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Barriers and facilitators and weight maintenance
  • Weight control
  • Weight loss
  • Weight maintenance
  • Weight management


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