Our Nutrition & Weight Management Service in bray, south dublin & nearby areas:

This nutrition & weight control service is provided to you by our highly qualified and experienced Registered Dietitian, Dr. Werd Al-Najim.

Diet and lifestyle treatments are considered first-line therapy for weight management. However, at ProHealth365 we know that most people trying to lose weight have tried multiple diets throughout their weight control journey. Additionally, we know that the majority of people consider their diet as healthy and their lifestyle as active, but yet they struggle to reach their desired weight goal. Our nutrition and weight management services suit people of all ages, including children with overweight or obesity.

Overweight and obesity in Ireland:

Obesity in Ireland in all age groups has been on the rise since 1980 and data from Healthy Ireland Survey 2015 has demonstrated that 37% of the population above the age of 15 are overweight and 23% are classified as obese. Globally, the rate of obesity has been increasing at alarming rates as it has almost tripled since 1975. Furthermore, it is estimated that in 2030, 38% of adults around the world will be classified as overweight and an additional 20% as obese.

The Role of a Dietitian in weight management:

Weight loss is complex and there is much more to it than simply creating an energy imbalance. Eating right to fuel your body while at the same time maintain health and energy can be challenging. In fact, it often prevents people from committing to their new diet. Therefore, your nutritionist will be there for you step by step. Firstly, Dr Al-Najim will assist you in understanding the underlying biological factors taking into account your lifestyle and health history. Secondly, you will be provided with a personalized treatment plan to assist you in reaching your health goals. Thus, whether you want to lose, gain or maintain your weight, you can be certain that our nutritionist is up to date with the current dietary guidelines and latest scientific research to help optimize your diet and ultimately reach your goal by making the most suitable changes.

The Impact of Overweight and Obesity on Health:

It has been long established that overweight and obesity significantly increase the risk of many serious health problems including type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), cardiovascular diseases, depression, and certain types of cancer such as breast, prostate and bowel cancers. Certainly, numerous research shows that obesity not only has a significant effect on health-related quality of life but also dramatically increases mortality rates.

Obesity Research:

While we are busy delivering the best weight management practice at ProHealth365, we continue to be research enthusiasts in the field of nutrition, please check out our recent scientific publications in top-ranked peer-reviewed journals:

  • Al-Najim W., Papamargaritis D., Lim J. Z., Webb D., Wilding, J., McGown B., Lean M., Le Roux C., Davies M. (2020) Effectiveness and cost of integrating a pragmatic pathway for prescribing liraglutide 3.0 mg in obesity services (STRIVE study): study protocol of an open-label, real-world, randomised, controlled trial, BMJ Open.
  • Al-Najim, W., & le Roux, C. W. (2018). Pharmacotherapy in conjunction with lifestyle for the treatment of obesity complications, is it enough? Annals of translational medicine, 6(Suppl 2). DOI: 10.21037/atm.2018.11.60
  • Grannell A., Al-NajimW., Mangan A., Kapoor N., Martin W. P., Murphy J. C., Docherty N.G., le Roux C.W. and Davenport C (2019). Fat free mass is positively associated with hunger and energy intake at extremes of obesity. Appetite.
  • Al-Najim, W., Docherty, N. G., & le Roux, C. W. (2018). Food intake and eating behavior after bariatric surgery. Physiological reviews, 98(3), 1113-1141. Doi: 10.1152/physrev.00021.2017
  • Al-Najim, W., Miras, A. D., Jackson, S. N., McGirr, J., Cotter, L., Tharakan, G., . . . Scholtz, S. (2015). Psychological characteristics, eating behavior, and quality of life assessment of obese patients undergoing weight loss interventions. Scandinavian Journal of Surgery, 104(1), 10-17. Doi:10.1177/1457496914543977

Full list of research publications available via this link.

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