Malnutrition and Obesity

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th May 2018.

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Photo of Andrea Jenkyns Andrea Jenkyns Conservative, Morley and Outwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to tackle (a) malnutrition and (b) obesity in acute and community settings.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

To help tackle malnutrition in acute and community settings, NHS England published guidance on ‘Commissioning excellent nutrition and hydration’ in October 2015. The implementation of this guidance is a matter for the local National Health Service. The guidance is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/nut-hyd/

General practitioners and other healthcare professionals have a key role in ‘making every contact count’ by identifying overweight children and adults, and supporting them with an appropriate intervention or referral and on-going management.

To help practitioners deliver the best possible care and give people the most effective treatments the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has produced a suite of guidance on tackling obesity including ‘Obesity: identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity in children, young people and adults’, which includes access to all tiers of obesity services. This guidance is available at the following link:

www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg189

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