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NICE: Slim families should be offered weight management programmes

Family members should be invited to join weight management programmes, regardless of their weight, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended.

In their quality statement on Obesity NICE makes eight statements on how obesity and weight management can be tackled for children and young people.

It includes the recommendation that 'family members or carers of children and young people are invited to attend lifestyle weight management programmes, regardless of their weight.'

Explaining the report, Professor Gill Leng, deputy chief executive of NICE, said: “Families and carers have an important role in supporting children and young people who are overweight or obese, which this standard recognises.

“Lifestyle and weight management programmes can support parents and carers to identify changes that can be made at home to tackle obesity and maintained over the long-term,” she added.

The aim of the standard is to help improve the dietary habits of young people under 18, reduce obesity and the prevalence of diabetes, and 34 organisations helped inform their suggestions.  

Parents and carers should be able to access up-to-date lists of local weight management services, and “access data on attendance, outcomes and the views of participants and staff” from these programmes, the Standard said.

Other proposals were to put healthy vending machines in NHS and local authority venues, and see healthy items displayed prominently, with nutritional information on menus.