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.
This is the first national guidance on the prevention of overweight and obesity in adults and children in England and Wales. The guidance aims to:
- stem the rising prevalence of obesity and diseases associated with it
- increase the effectiveness of interventions to prevent overweight and obesity
- improve the care provided to adults and children at risk of overweight and obesity.
The recommendations are based on the best available evidence of effectiveness, including cost effectiveness. The advice on the prevention of overweight and obesity applies in both NHS and non-NHS settings.