Health written question – answered on 5th April 2005.

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Photo of Ms Jane Griffiths Ms Jane Griffiths Labour, Reading East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the National Institute for Clinical Excellence will assess the efficacy of low carbohydrate diets as part of its obesity guidance; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The focus of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence's work is broad and does not include investigations into any particular weight loss strategy. Where there is good evidence of effectiveness, dietary advice including the role of low-fat, low-carbohydrate and very low-energy diets will be considered.

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