This quality standard covers preventing adults (aged 18 and over) from becoming overweight or obese. It includes strategies to increase physical activity and promote a healthy diet in the local population. It also covers lifestyle weight management programmes for adults who are overweight or obese. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover assessing and managing obesity, obesity: clinical assessment and management NICE has also published a quality standard for obesity in children and young people: prevention and lifestyle weight management programmes.

This quality standard does not cover areas of national policy, such as legislative changes and marketing of high-calorie drink and food products.

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