Obese or overweight people should be sent to slimming courses on the NHS, according to new official guidance.
GPs should identity people who can be referred for weight management programmes such as Weight Watchers and Slimming World, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said.
‘What we found was that an awful lot of people are put off seeking support for their weight because they have either experienced or perceived stigma in the past,’ said Carol Weir, guidance developer for Nice.
‘The evidence tells us that the elements of an effective programme are sensible changes to diet, an increase in physical activity that can be sustained in the long term.’
A ‘staggering’ total of 42 per cent of men and 32 per cent of women are overweight and more than a quarter of adults in England are now classified as obese, according to Nice.
Providers of weight loss courses would have to demonstrate that participants maintain their weight loss and their programmes are effective at 12 months or beyond.
28 May 2014 | 7:51 am – Source: metro.co.uk