08 / 10 / 2013 2.15pm
The new guidance 'Action on obesity: Comprehensive Care for all' explains that the UK has one of the highest rates of severe obesity in the developed world, with an estimated 25 per cent of the adult population expected to be classed as obese by 2050. This is calculated to come at a cost of ten billion pounds.
The report details a number of recommendations, explaining that GPs will play a core role in reducing obesity rates, and that 'the NHS must promote healthy eating and physical activity programmes for its employees and reduce the levels of obesity in NHS staff'. Further recommendations include:
- creation of a new subspecialty: Obesity medicine
- ensure all healthcare professionals understand the essential facts of obesity
- the development of trust health and wellbeing strategies
- the creation of a joined up and multi-disciplinary team.
The full guidance can be found on the RCPs website.