This guideline covers preventing children, young people and adults becoming overweight or obese. It outlines how the NHS, local authorities, early years’ settings, schools and workplaces can increase physical activity levels and make dietary improvements among their target populations.

The clinical management of obesity is covered by NICE’s guideline on obesity: identification, assessment and management.

NICE has also produced guidelines on preventing excess weight gain and weight management: lifestyle services for overweight or obese adults.  

Recommendations

This guideline includes recommendations on:

Who is it for?

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Commissioners and providers
  • Employers
  • Local authorities
  • Primary care trusts
  • Head teachers and chairs of governors
  • Children, young people and adults, and their families and carers

Guideline development process

How we develop NICE guidelines

Next review: To be scheduled

This guideline updates and replaces NICE technology appraisals 22, 31 and 46.

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

 

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.