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Community-wide approach recommeded for tackling obesity

Posted on 03/12/2012

NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) has recently published new recommendations aimed at local policy makers, commissioners, managers, practitioners and other professionals on tackling the rising levels of obesity in the UK. In 2010 in England 26 per cent of adults were obese, but by 2050 it is expected that over 50 per cent of adults in England will be obese.

NICE recommends "integrating activities to tackle obesity within joint health and wellbeing and regeneration and environmental strategies". It also says that public health coordinators "should establish methods for involving business and social enterprises in the implementation of a local obesity strategy".

Prof. Mark Exworthy, Professor of Health Policy and Management, was a member of the committee which published the guidance: Obesity - working with local communities (PH42)


Tackle obesity through a 'community-wide' approach 


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