Small, practical steps are best way of maintaining a healthy weight

Limiting screen time, walking more, and eating healthily are among the most effective ways of maintaining a healthy weight and preventing excess weight gain.

Latest NICE guidance says that while there’s no “silver bullet” solution for overweight or obesity, taking small practical steps can help.

Maintaining a healthy weight has become increasingly important public health issue in recent years.

Over the past two decades the number of people classed as obese has nearly doubled. This raises concerns, as carrying extra weight increases the risk of a range of long-term conditions such as coronary heart disease, liver disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke.

People who are overweight or obese may also experience mental health problems, stigmatisation and discrimination because of their weight.

The new guideline is aimed at all those who provide information to help different population groups maintain a healthy weight or prevent excess weight gain, and supports existing NICE guidelines.

It aims to tackle the significant public health problem of obesity by providing practical advice on steps people can take to maintain a healthy weight and prevent excess weight gain.

NICE recommends that everyone should be encouraged to follow a diet that is mainly based on vegetables, fruits, beans and pulses, wholegrains and fish and that people should be encouraged to be more physically active and reduce sedentary behaviour to increase the amount of energy they use.

Read more about the guidance.

More articles     Posted on: 16 March 2015