The Centre for Public Health at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is developing a public health guideline on “Maintaining a healthy weight and preventing excess weight gain among children and adults”. It recommends children being encouraged to take TV-free days and / or limiting viewing two hours per day, more active travel, avoiding drinks with added sugar, limiting consumption of takeaways, cutting-down on alcohol consumption and calorific foods (such as fried foods, biscuits, sweets and full-fat cheese), and perhaps adopting a Mediterranean diet.
The draft guideline is available for consultation. This consultation closes on November 4th 2014.
Maintaining a healthy weight and preventing excess weight gain among children and adults: draft guideline. London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), September 23rd 2014.
There is supporting evidence / documentation, for experts and people who intend to contribute to the consultation:
- Cost Effectiveness Report. (Note: Many of these links are not working yet).
- Healthy Weight: Evidence Statements.
- Healthy Weight. Review 1: Main Report.
- Healthy Weight. Review 1: Appendix A-D.
- Healthy Weight. Review 1: Appendix E.
- Healthy Weight. Review 1: Appendix F.
- Healthy Weight. Review 2: Main Report.
- Healthy Weight. Review 2: Appendix.
A readable BBC News overview:
Briggs, H. (2014). Limit TV to help fight obesity, says NICE. London: BBC Health News, September 22nd 2014.