Review decision date: December 2011

Review decision: 

The Centre for Public Health is updating some elements of the public health recommendations in the NICE guideline (CG43) on obesity.

This guideline was previously called obesity: guidance on the prevention of overweight and obesity in adults and children. 

Section 1.1.1 of this guideline has been replaced by Maintaining a healthy weight and preventing excess weight gain among adults and children (2015) NICE guideline NG7.

Section 1.2 of this guideline has been replaced by Obesity: identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity in children, young people and adults NICE guideline CG189.

Section 1.1.7 of this guideline has been replaced by Managing overweight and obesity in adults – lifestyle weight management services (2014) NICE guideline PH53.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.