Obesity

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Eleanor Smith Eleanor Smith Labour, Wolverhampton South West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to mandate that obesity and weight management training is included in the curriculum for the education of every healthcare professional.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We want all health care professionals to feel confident utilising their skills and everyday opportunities to talk about weight and provide advice to support healthier weight. In Chapter 2 of the Childhood Obesity Plan, we outlined our commitment to provide health and care professionals with the latest training and tools to better support children, young people and families to reduce obesity.

It is the responsibility of Higher Education Institutes to set the curricula for the pre-registration training of healthcare professionals to standards set by the individual regulators of each profession.

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