Introduction: scope and purpose of this guidance

Introduction: scope and purpose of this guidance

What is this guidance about?

This guidance assesses how body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference among adults from black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups in the UK links to the risk of a range of non-communicable diseases. The aim was to determine whether lower cut-off points or thresholds should be used for these groups, compared to those used for the white population, as a trigger for lifestyle interventions to prevent conditions such as diabetes, myocardial infarction or stroke.

The guidance did not assess interventions (lifestyle or clinical). In addition, the guidance does not include women who are pregnant.

See Related NICE guidance for other recommendations that may be relevant to preventing ill health and premature death among adults from black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups in the UK.

See About this guidance for details of how the guidance was developed and its current status.

Who is this guidance for?

This guidance is aimed at commissioners, managers and practitioners with public health as part of their remit working within the NHS, local authorities and the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors, in particular:

  • GPs, practice nurses, community pharmacists, dietitians and other health professionals in primary and secondary care and community venues (This includes those delivering the 'Health Checks' programme).

  • Exercise referral practitioners, health improvement practitioners and health trainers employed by local government and the voluntary sector.

  • Directors of public health, health and wellbeing boards, managers of adult social, residential and community services and local authority leisure services.

  • Managers of voluntary, not-for-profit and non-government organisations (This includes faith and community groups, and relevant support groups and charities, for example, for cardiac rehabilitation or diabetes.)

  • Providers of lifestyle weight management services.

It may also be of interest to people from black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups living in England and other members of the public.

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)