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European slimming foods trade association welcomes new member

21st September 2020

Total Diet & Meal Replacements Europe (TDMR Europe) is happy to announce that its newest member is CWP výživové poradenství s.r.o. Based in the Czech Republic and also distributing products in Slovakia, CWP výživové poradenství s.r.o. provides nutritionally complete products (specially formulated meal replacement bars, drinks, shakes and soups) consumed

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NHS advocates weight management programmes backed by scientific research

10th September 2020

Last week, the NHS in England announced plans to facilitate access to total diet replacement programmes (TDRs) for thousands of obese and overweight people, as part of the Type II diabetes remission programme. The TDR programme is backed by plenty of scientific research, which demonstrates increasing evidence regarding the efficacy

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Has eating out actually helped out?

8th September 2020

Cafes and restaurants saw an unprecedented number of visitors this week, as customers all over the nation took advantage of the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme in its final few days. Yet obesity remains one of the UK’s worst public health issues. With 63% of adults in England either obese or overweight, the

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TDMR Europe – ‘Reducing future risk: Obesity co-morbidities and nutritional status’ – INDEX PAGE

4th August 2020

Total Diet & Meal Replacements Europe (TDMR Europe)’s webinar, ‘Reducing future risk: Obesity co-morbidities and nutritional status’, attracted over 100 academics, policymakers and medical specialists from all over the world. The webinar, which had been awarded SCOPE World Obesity Federation accreditation, highlighted the use of total diet replacements to reduce

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‘Diabetes remission: research needs and translation into practice’ – Professor Shahrad Taheri

4th August 2020

Professor Shahrad Taheri The prevalence of obesity and its complications such as type 2 diabetes (T2D) is increasing worldwide. In particular, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has one of the highest prevalence of obesity and T2D in the world with onset of both conditions at a younger

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‘TDR and vitamin D status in elderly obese people with knee osteoarthritis’ – Henning Bliddal

4th August 2020

Henning Bliddal, Parker Institute, Frederiksburg Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark Introduction: Among several comorbidities to obesity, osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is increasingly important. Obesity and kneeOA are linked in several ways and form a vicious circle, each intensifying the other. As the populations grow older and heavier, both individuals and society

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‘TDR to achieve diabetes remission and diabetes risk reduction’ – Mike Lean

4th August 2020

Mike Lean, University of Glasgow Type 2 diabetes (T2D) affects nearly 4 million UK people, previously considered permanent and inevitably progressive, with disabling, life-shortening complications.  It accounts for ~10% of total healthcare expenditure across Europe.  It is caused by adult weight gain in people with family/genetic predispositions.  The Diabetes Remission

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‘Obesity, nutritional status and COVID-19’ – Carel Le Roux

31st July 2020

Prof Carel le Roux, Diabetes Complications Research Centre, University College Dublin, Ireland People with obesity are one of the high risk groups to develop severe illness from COVID-19. Several diseases have been associated with COVID-19 hospitalizations but consistently the severity of COVID-19 corelates with BMI. Obesity increases  the risk of

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Experts gather to discuss reducing risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in webinar hosted by TDMR Europe

24th July 2020

Total Diet & Meal Replacements Europe (TDMR Europe) yesterday (23 July 2020) delivered a webinar, ‘Reducing future risk: Obesity co-morbidities and nutritional status’, attracting over 100 academics, policymakers and medical specialists from all over the world. The webinar, which had been awarded SCOPE World Obesity Federation accreditation, highlighted the use

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TDMR Europe supports the Food Matters Live Virtual Event

20th July 2020

TDMR Europe is delighted to support the Food Matters Live 2020 virtual event, which will provide an engaging and inclusive opportunity for the global food, drink and nutraceutical community to imagine, learn, connect and explore what’s possible in truly digital experience. Taking place on 13 and 14 October 2020, the

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TDMR Europe to host webinar on reducing risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease

6th July 2020

‘Total Diet & Meal Replacements Europe (TDMR Europe) invites you to a SCOPE accredited webinar:  ‘Reducing future risk: Obesity co-morbidities and nutritional status’ 11am BST, Thursday 23rd July Register now The webinar, which been awarded SCOPE World Obesity Federation accreditation, aims to highlight the potential for use of total diet replacements to reduce future risk

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TDMR Europe welcomes the announcement of the Farm to Fork strategy

16th June 2020

The European Commission unveiled its much-awaited Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy, following several postponements due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The strategy is at the heart of the European Green Deal, and aims to make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally friendly. While public health remains a responsibility of member states,

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Intensive life-style intervention, including initial weight-loss with TDR, delivered 60% diabetes remission in people with early type 2 diabetes mellitus from the Middle East and North Africa studied in Qatar

22nd May 2020

The DiRECT trial of weight loss in obese people with early type 2 diabetes with TDR followed by food reintroduction then a structured weight maintenance programme has established beyond reasonable doubt that the weight changes and diabetes remission can be sustained in a proportion of participants for two years.  Mechanisms

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Slimming foods trade association welcomes another new member in continued expansion drive

14th May 2020

Total Diet & Meal Replacements Europe (TDMR Europe) has announced that Slimmerlife, a leading international diet programmes provider, has joined its membership. At a time when public health is playing an increasingly significant role in everyday life, TDMR Europe’s continued growth demonstrates the significance of organisations collaborating and finding solutions,

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How one pandemic has exacerbated another: obesity in a locked down world

7th May 2020

With over half the world in lockdown – and this number steadily increasing as the days go by – physical activity, whether by governmental restriction or societal encouragement, is seeing large rates of decline. While there has been an increase in exercising indoors to maintain an active lifestyle, as well

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A message from TDMR Europe

9th April 2020

Throughout this difficult period, the TDMR Europe team aims to work normally but remotely from our central offices. We will continue to achieve our objectives despite the additional challenges imposed by the global viral pandemic. Because of the travel and social distancing restrictions currently in place the following procedures have

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TDMR Europe celebrates World Obesity Day

3rd March 2020

The World Health Organization recently described obesity as a global epidemic and one of society’s “most blatantly visible yet neglected public health problems”. Recent reports on the rise of this life-threatening condition across the globe have been shocking. A total of 107.7 million children and 603.7 million adults were considered

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The argument for Total Diet Replacements

13th February 2020

The argument for Total Diet Replacements In the United Kingdom, the number of people with type 2 diabetes has doubled to 3.8 million in the last 20 years. In just 5 years’ time more than 5 million people will be affected. Diabetes care costs account for about 10% of the

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Total Diet Replacement proven to be effective in insulin-treated type 2 diabetes

3rd February 2020

Total Diet Replacement proven to be effective in insulin-treated type 2 diabetes TDMR Europe welcomes the publication of a clinical trial that confirms that total diet replacement (TDR) can be used safely and effectively in people with more advanced insulin-treated diabetes as well as those with early diabetes who can

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TDMR Europe supports World Diabetes Day

13th November 2019

TDMR Europe welcomes the opportunity to support this year’s theme ‘Family and Diabetes’ on World Diabetes Day.  People world-wide are encouraged to test their diabetes knowledge with an on-line tool for self-assessment of diabetes risk noting that over 50% of diabetes is preventable.  If left untreated diabetes can lead to

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TDMR Europe celebrates World Arthritis Day

12th October 2019

World Arthritis Day (WAD) is a global awareness-raising day on 12 October. For this year’s World Arthritis Day, scheduled for 12 October, EULAR’s ‘Don’t Delay, Connect Today’ campaign with the theme ‘Time2Work’ aims to dispel misconceptions about rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) and shows how employers can best support people

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The revolution in osteoarthritis care for the 2020s

13th September 2019

World Osteoarthritis Day (14th-15th September) is marked annually and this year people will gather in Brussels to hear talks from experts about progress in the care of people affected by osteoarthritis (OA).  TDMR Europe is pleased to be a partner in this event, which aims to raise awareness and showcase

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European slimming foods trade association welcomes new member

4th September 2019

Total Diet & Meal Replacements Europe (TDMR Europe) has announced an expansion to its membership as Equilibre3, a leading Belgian diet programmes provider, joins Europe’s voice for the slimming foods industry. Equilibre3, which advocates responsible weight loss through bespoke weight management programmes, provides overweight and obese people with total diet

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World Osteoarthritis Day: A unique opportunity to meet specialists in Brussels

3rd September 2019

On the event of World Osteoarthritis Day, dozens of healthcare professionals will meet in Brussels to discuss this disease. Surgeons, nutritionists, researchers, fitness trainers, veterinarians and other specialists will welcome members of the general public to SQUARE in Brussels on 14 and 15 September 2019. What treatment is available? How

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TDMR Europe’s Annual report highlights – 2018

28th August 2019

Annual report highlights – 2018 In 2018, Total Diet & Meal Replacements Europe (TDMR Europe), formerly known as the European Very Low Calorie Diet Industry Group, was established. Our members first got together in 2002 to create a voice for manufacturers and distributors of formula diet products in Europe.  We

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TDMR Europe Chair interviewed by Food Matters Live

22nd August 2019

  Professor Anthony Leeds, chairman of TDMR Europe, discusses the benefits of meal replacements in the global fight against obesity. TDMR Europe is this year partnering with Food Matters Live 2019, an event which aims to bring together a curated exhibition with hundreds of exhibitors and speakers and thousands of visitors

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Henning Bliddal on Osteoarthritis: weight loss is key to improvement

14th August 2019

“Obesity is widely acknowledged as a risk factor for both the incidence and progression of osteoarthritis and has a negative influence on outcomes. Loss of at least 10% of body weight, coupled with exercise, is recognised as a cornerstone in the management of obese patients with osteoarthritis, and can lead

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Mikael Fogelholm: Diabetes prevention and remission

1st August 2019

“The PREVIEW-study is one of the largest and longest randomized interventions to study the effects of diet and physical activity prevention of type 2 diabetes in pre-diabetic individuals. Compared to earlier studies, the use of a total diet replacement strategy during the first two months was a new element. The

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Seamus Kent: the DROPLET study

15th July 2019

“Studies like ours, which provide reliable estimates of the long-term impacts of weight management programmes on patients’ health and healthcare costs, are of real importance to enable the NHS to select the most clinically and cost-effective services for their patients.”[1] Seamus Kent, health economist at the University of Oxford, presents

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Dr Nerys Astbury: the future of TDRs

8th July 2019

  “The DROPLET trial showed that after 12 months people on total diet replacements lost on average 10.7kg (1 stone, 9lb), which was 7.2kg (1 stone, 1 lb) more than those only receiving the standard nurse-led programme of weight loss advice. This new analysis adds to that finding by strongly

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Joe McSorley – a diabetes remission success story

27th June 2019

“While the total diet replacement is not a cure, it can put type 2 diabetes in remission, what happens after that is down to will power and lots of hard work in the gym to maintain the weight loss. In truth, it is a lifestyle change but one that for

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Obesity: disease or lifestyle choice? An interview with Carel Le Roux

14th June 2019

“We now treat obesity like all other chronic diseases, and we understand the value of meal replacement strategies which helps change the symptoms of hunger and lack of satiety in a subpopulation of people with the disease of obesity. For these people losing weight is effortless as the meal replacements

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Innovations In Food Europe 2019

11th June 2019

TDMR Europe is delighted to announce it has partnered with Innovations in Food Europe conference 2019. ACI’s Innovations In Food Europe conference will take place in London, UK on the 23rd and 24th of October 2019. The conference will discuss new policies and regulations in the food industry, how to keep up

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The DiRECT diabetes remission trial – an interview with Mike Lean

10th June 2019

“Formula diets, as currently designed, have proved extremely safe and effective in helping people to lose substantial amounts of weight, and gaining remission of type-2 diabetes. Almost nine out of 10 people with type-2 diabetes were still in remission, not diabetic and not needing medications, a year later if they

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TDMR Europe partners with Food Matters Live 2019

5th June 2019

TDMR Europe is delighted to announce that it is partnering with Food Matters Live 2019, an event which aims to bring together a curated exhibition with hundreds of exhibitors and speakers and thousands of visitors from across the global food, drink and nutraceutical industry. It is a unique event dedicated

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An interview with Professor Anthony Leeds

28th May 2019

In this exclusive interview, Professor Anthony Leeds discusses the benefits of formula food diets (TDRs and MRPs) at our recent seminar ‘Healthcare cost reduction and improved quality of life with evidence-based weight loss in diabetes and osteoarthritis’ at University College Dublin. The event, delivered in partnership with The World Obesity

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European Obesity Day 2019

16th May 2019

  Whilst life expectancy in Europe is on the increase, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that progress risks backsliding amid growing rates of obesity. Recent reports indicate that almost 30% of the global population is either obese or overweight and the WHO confirms that worldwide obesity has nearly tripled

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Total Diet Replacements (the ‘Soups and Shakes diet’): a scientifically proven, cost-effective weight-loss solution for diabetes remission and osteoarthritis in Europe

18th April 2019

  Total diet replacements (TDRs) – weight loss diets of soups, shakes, bars and porridges – can turn back the tsunami of osteoarthritis, diabetes and other obesity-related comorbidities that threaten to overwhelm healthcare services across Europe. This was made evident yesterday at a University College Dublin seminar, led by trade

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Five things you may not know about TDRs

18th March 2019

Five things you may not know about Total Diet Replacements With the prevalence of obesity rising across Europe, more and more people are seeking to quickly and effectively lose weight. A quick Google search provides hundreds of ways to achieve weight loss, including through the use of pills and other

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Register for the ‘Healthcare cost reduction and improved quality of life with evidence-based weight loss in diabetes and osteoarthritis’ Seminar

11th March 2019

  TDMR Europe is delighted to announce that it will be delivering the free seminar ‘Healthcare cost reduction and improved quality of life with evidence-based weight loss in diabetes and osteoarthritis’, alongside The World Obesity Federation, taking place on 16th April, 11:00am -1:00pm, at the University College Dublin, Conway Institute of

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Newly published review supports effectiveness of meal replacement for weight loss

25th February 2019

Newly published review supports effectiveness of meal replacement for weight loss A new review[1] of trials has added more support to the science behind meal replacements products (MRPs) for weight control and their effectiveness in helping people lose weight. Published in Obesity Reviews – the official journal of the World

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Oxford University: doctor referral to a TDR program is cost‐effective for the routine treatment of obesity

25th February 2019

The University of Oxford has published a paper into the cost-effectiveness of low calorie meal replacements for the treatment of obesity in the NHS, which concludes that replacing all regular meals with a low calorie diet of soups, shakes and bars, together with behavioural support, is cost-effective as a routine treatment for

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Total diet replacements and meal replacement products: a means to solve the NHS’s budgetary problems?

11th January 2019

Total diet replacements and meal replacement products: a means to solve the NHS’s budgetary problems? According to a recent investigation by The Sunday Times, joint replacement surgery for obese and overweight patients has risen dramatically in 2018. In total, more than 41,000 overweight patients got new hips and knees last

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TDR should now be considered as the first intervention in people newly diagnosed with Type2 diabetes across the EU

21st December 2018

21 December 2018 Following the release of the DiRECT trial health economics paper this morning by Diabetes UK, Professor Anthony Leeds, Chairman of Total Diet and Meal Replacements Europe (TDMR Europe), the trade association representing the European total diet and meal replacements industry, welcomed the news: “This analysis of costs and savings confirms

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Well done England – but what about the rest of Europe?

17th December 2018

NHS England’s recent news that total diet replacements will now be available via an NHS trial to thousands of people with type 2 diabetes was a very welcome announcement for our industry. It’s a testament to how effective our members’ products are and validates the very real impact these could

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NHS England: Very low calorie diets part of NHS action to tackle growing obesity and Type 2 diabetes epidemic

3rd December 2018

3 December 2018. NHS England has today informed the public about the decision to include total diet replacements (TDR) as part of the NHS action to tackle obesity and related diseases such as type 2 diabetes. According to Simon Stevens, NHS Chef Executive, the programme will be initially piloted in

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TDMR Europe interview with the Food Matters Live

25th October 2018

TDMR Europe interview with the Food Matters Live TDMR Europe’s representative, Rob Rona, discussed with Food Matters Live the activity of TDMR Europe, describing what is the main objective of total diet replacement products and meal replacement products, the association’s impact on addressing public health challenges and reducing the burden

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TDMR Europe at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) 2018 Annual Meeting

9th October 2018

TDMR Europe at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) 2018 Annual Meeting Last week (1-5th October), Berlin hosted one of the biggest international conferences related to the study of diabetes held by the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) which gathers annually 15,000 delegates from

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NEWS – osteoarthritis patients’ lives could be transformed by turning treatment on its head

6th September 2018

New research set to turn treatment of osteoarthritis on its head, lives could be “transformed”, say researchers. A solution for England’s heart age problem: Danish study shows 10% weight loss can take 5 years off heart age and ease the pain of osteoarthritis. Overweight elderly sufferers of osteoarthritis could have

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VLCD Industry Group relaunches as TDMR Europe to become industry voice  

23rd August 2018

VLCD Industry Group relaunches as TDMR Europe to become industry voice   The European Very Low-Calorie Diet Industry Group (VLCD IG), the trade body representing manufacturers and distributors of total diet replacements (TDRs) and meal replacement products (MRPs) which provide weight loss programmes for the very overweight and obese, has

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Successful dieters believe total diet replacements are best for weight loss, as crunch time approaches for legislation that could wipe out these programmes

11th September 2017

80% of dieters believe that the best way to lose weight is through a total diet replacement (TDR) and that no other option is as successful, according to a survey of current and former TDR participants run by the European Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) Industry Group. The survey demonstrates

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Following the motion for resolution on total diet replacement products being rejected at the ENVI Committee in September 2017, with the objection being supported by 26 MEPs, rejected by 36 MEPs with one abstention, the VLCD Industry Group produced the below statement:

1st September 2017

The debate can be viewed here. Professor Anthony Leeds, Medical Director of the European Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) Industry Group said: “The EU has misjudged this issue.  The very latest published scientific evidence shows that total diet replacement (VLCD and LCD) programmes deliver the amount of weight loss (10

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New legislation unnecessary and unsubstantiated, warns very low calorie diet industry group

2nd August 2017

The European Very Low Calorie Diet Industry Group (VLCD Industry Group) has relaunched its Code of Practice to highlight that consumer safety is a key priority for the industry in light of proposed new legislation that risks wiping out very low calorie diet products (VLCDs) from the market and making

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Regulatory change could wipe out crucial weight loss programmes

26th March 2017

New legislation currently being considered by the European Parliament could wipe out very low calorie diet products (VLCDs), which amongst a tide of rising obesity will leave tens of thousands of obese and overweight people across Europe without one of the safest and most effective options available to lose weight,

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Loss of crucial weight loss programmes will put consumers at risk of dangerous alternatives

3rd March 2017

The loss of very low calorie diet products (VLCDs) will leave tens of thousands of obese and overweight people across Europe without one of the safest and most effective options available to lose weight, making them more likely to turn to less regulated and potentially dangerous alternatives such as fad

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