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Friday, 30 May 2014

Obesity And NICE or, One Gramme Of Gold

Lots in the press this week about NICE guidelines for Obesity and  sleeping in the light makes you fat. And, British girls are the fattest in Europe and they wear less clothes than any other Europeans as well which it is obvious to anyone going to Benidorm.

Sorry about that, but I think it's true. And as for the boys (but that's another story).

Then the Times today publishes findings that low fat foods full of sugar have more calories than normal foods, as if some of us didn't already know. Because some of us do read the labels.

But many people don't. (Read the labels, not wear less clothes). So the advice to visit the slimming clubs on the taxpayer's account to lose 3% of body weight might make sense if you are delivering information and wisdom  to the ignorant and the cheated.

But I genuinely (based on real sound evidence) do not believe that people will sustain 3% weight loss, much of which will not be fat at all. People won't look better and they won't feel better which is why they want to lose weight in the first place. And, many people who are prescribed the slimming club at the cost to taxpayers don't really want to control their eating in the long term. They just want to lose weight so that they can start eating and drinking their favourite foods again.

They must be another way, which has been ignored. I'm training 70 obesity professionals this week about ways to help people lose weight and keep it off. There is, sadly, no quick fix.  We will all be fatter until society begins to change. Or, like the Qataris, give each weight loser one gramme of gold for every kilo they can keep off ....in one year.

I've written a bit more on our website blog  at http://eating-disorders.org.uk/obesity-and-nice/