The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has released new guidance on the subject of obesity. The guidelines suggest that losing just 3% of body weight (and keeping it off) can have significant health benefits and encourages GPs to raise the issue of obesity with patients, identifying who would be eligible for weight management services.
Such services are thought to be of particular benefit to adults who are clinically obese (those with a BMI of 30 or above), however NICE say those who are overweight but not obese should be considered for future referrals where there is space.
According to the guidance, the lifestyle and weight management programmes should be able to prove that their participants maintain weight loss and that their programmes are effective at one year later or more. NICE has also acknowledged that obesity is a complex problem that there is no ‘magic bullet’ for.
NICE is keen to set up a database of the weight...