The BDA welcomes the recent stance taken by Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, Wes Streeting, at The Times newspaper’s Health Commission Summit, where he proposed measures to address the growing number of people living with obesity.
In a recent House of Lords discussion, Lord McColl sparked controversy by suggesting that individuals living with obesity, should ‘eat less and do with one fewer meal a day’ in order to save the NHS £50billion a year.
Although this is not that new to many dietitians, an important debate has started in the general media around the use of inclusive language, when it comes to how we talk about people living with obesity and overweight.
The BDA has joined more than 70 health and medical organisations in urging the new Prime Minister to reconsider any plans to abandon measures to promote children's health without facing the scrutiny of Parliament.
On World Obesity Day, BDA Obesity Specialist Group committee member Mary O’Kane reflects on the value of the multi-disciplinary approach in the treatment of severe and complex obesity, and the importance of ensuring that the person living with obesity remains the focus.
The British Dietetic Association has today welcomed government’s announcement of additional funding for obesity services in England but cautioned that we need to see services run by experts and that people of every age in every area of the country should be able to access the support they need.
Getting manufacturers to reduce the size and calorie content of their foods is one positive way of improving the nations health, but it must be part of a wider range of measures. We need to improve our food environment, make sure that healthy, nutritious food is both affordable and available to all, and support people living with obesity to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Obesity has been around for centuries, although previously seen as a sign of wealth, in the last few decades it has been designated as a worldwide health problem, with approximately 13% of the global population having a BMI over 30kg/m².