NICE obesity guidelines13th December 2006
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued guidelines aimed at the prevention and treatment of obesity in adults and children.
In the first ever national guideline of its kind, NICE hopes to provide a strategy for fighting the growing obesity problem in England and Wales. The guidance emphasises the need for exercise and improved diet and recommends that schools play an active role in promoting healthy eating and exercise amongst children. The document includes policies relating to school building layout and recreational spaces, catering (including vending machines and packed lunches), the taught curriculum (including PE), school travel plans and provision for cycling.
NICE accepts that responsibility for solving the obesity problem cannot be laid solely at the door of the food industry and therefore urges health professionals to pass on the healthy eating message.
The obesity epidemic in England and Wales has now reached such high levels that it is considered to be a bigger threat to the nation’s health than smoking or drinking.
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