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NICE update on identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity

NICE has updated their guidelines on Obesity: identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity in children, young people and adults. NICE guidelines [CG189] Published date: November 2014

This guideline updates and replaces section 1.2 of NICE clinical guideline 43 (published December 2006. See about this guideline for details.

It offers evidence-based advice on the care and treatment of Obesity. New recommendations have been added about low-calorie and very-low-calorie diets, bariatric surgery and follow-up care.

McKinsey Global Institute report "Overcoming obesity: An initial economic analysis"

McKinsey Global Institute report "Overcoming obesity: An initial economic analysis", reports that obesity costs £1.3 trillion, or 2.8% of annual economic activity worldwide. It suggests that no single solution creates sufficient impact to reverse obesity, only a comprehensive, systemic programme of multiple interventions is likely to be effective.

NICE update on preventing type 2 diabetes: population and community-level interventions

NICE has published an evidence update on preventing type 2 diabetes: population and community-level interventions.

The evidence update on preventing type 2 diabetes: population and community-level interventions was published by NICE in October 2014. It includes commentary from the EUAG on 12 new articles (relevant to NICE public health guidance 35), covering the following topics: Modelling diabetes prevention policies: population-based and high-risk strategies Barriers and facilitators to exercise among older adults of South Asian origin Dietary interventions for weight loss and cardiovascular risk reduction in black people of African ancestry Mass media campaigns to promote physical activity Food taxes and subsidies to promote healthier food purchases Workplace health-promotion programmes Community interventions to increase physical activity Increasing physical activity among women with socioeconomic disadvantage Cost-effectiveness of training lay health workers in deprived communities

Better health for London's children: Technical pack. October 2014

This document contains the evidence base to support the Commission's review of health and care for London's children and young people.

New data added to the Adult Physical Activity Factsheet 2014

Data from the latest Active People Survey 7/8 2013 has now been included in our adult physical activity factsheet. For the latest information please visit the factsheets page

NHS Five Year Forward View

The NHS Five Year Forward View sets out a vision for the future of the NHS. Outlines how action needs to be taken on four fronts, including doing more to tackle the root causes of ill health. The Forward View backs hard-hitting action on obesity, alcohol and other major health risks and advocates for stronger public health-related powers for local government and elected mayors.

It has been developed by partner organisations including NHS England, Public Health England, Monitor, Health Education England, the Care Quality Commission and the NHS Trust Development Authority.

Child Obesity and excess weight prevalence by Clinical Commissioning Group

NCMP obesity and excess weight (overweight including obese) prevalence data for Reception (aged 4-5 years) and Year 6 (aged 10-11 years) children by 2013 Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) of child's residence. Prevalence data by CCG are supplied for each NCMP collection year from 2007/08 to 2012/13.

Guide to online tools for valuing physical activity, sport and obesity programmes

There are a number of online tools published that help the user to perform calculations to make the case for investment in the promotion of physical activity and/or the prevention of obesity. This guide summarises the available online tools and provides advice on which tool to use in which situation.

Local action on health inequalities

Public Health England recently published a series of evidence papers by the Institute of Health Equity to support local action on health inequalities, which can be accessed here:

Topic number 8 in the series is 'Improving access to green spaces'. There is an evidence review and a complementary summary briefing on this issue which includes key evidence and practical information on measures that can be implemented at local level to improve access to green spaces.

Healthier and more sustainable catering guidance

PHE has published updated catering guidance for adults, together with a range of new guidance and supporting tools, which offer practical advice to help commissioners, procurers, suppliers and caterers to buy, cook and serve healthier more sustainable food and drink. The guidance, together with the supporting tools, will also help organisations who need to, or have chosen to, meet government buying standards for food and catering services (GBSF) that form part of the Public Procurement Food Plan published by Defra. The documents can be found online at: