Remit: Obesity

Remit for guideline

The following remit was received from the Department of Health and the Welsh Assembly Government in March 2003 as part of the Institute's 8th wave programme of work.

Title: Obesity: the prevention, identification, evaluation, treatment and weight maintenance of overweight and obesity in adults

Remit: "In consultation with the Health Development Agency, to prepare clinical guidance for the NHS in England and Wales for the prevention of obesity and for the identification, evaluation, and management of overweight and obese patients including the maintenance of weight loss. The guidance should


promote the best use of available NHS resources including workforce


include a definition of obesity, standards for identification and evaluation, and guidance on effective methods of management and treatment, in primary care and other appropriate settings


give appropriate emphasis to exercise, dietary approaches, group and individual behaviour modification; and to the scope for collaborative working between the NHS and other agencies


make links to other appropriate NICE guidance".

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