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BANT Supports Urgent Action on Childhood Obesity

BANT (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine) would like to offer their support to the government in tackling childhood obesity. The Local Government Association analysed Public Health England figures and found 1 in 25 children are classed as severely obese (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/child-obesity-and-excess-weight-small-area-level-data).

Whilst there are initiatives by the government to tackle childhood obesity are in place, such as the sugar tax on sugary soft drinks (http://bant.org.uk/bant/pdf/pressReleases/Sugar_Tax_Press_Release_March_2016.pdf), more can be done such as banning junk food adverts and educating children in primary school of the importance of a healthy diet. Our children are growing up bombarded with advertisements promoting poor food choices. Home economics classes, once a permanent feature on a school time table, have disappeared. Lack of education will simply turn the obese children of today into the obese adults of tomorrow which in turn will create health problems and put more strain on the NHS.

BANT experts carefully developed a set of Wellbeing Guidelines, based on the latest science and research in the field of nutrition for optimal health. The BANT Wellbeing Guidelines were specifically designed to provide clear, concise, easy to understand information, avoiding outdated information and research, and addressing some of the most common health concerns.  The most frequent reasons people seek nutritional advice is for weight management and/ or for general health and wellbeing. These issues are addressed by BANT with the following:
Whilst the core curriculum does include diet and lifestyle teaching, this is based on the inherently flawed Eatwell Guide and major food brands often provide the education materials to support these modules. Having education based on the BANT Wellbeing Guidelines will encourage the consumption of healthy ingredients and unprocessed foods, disassociating commercial interests.
Since its inception in 1997, BANT has repeatedly called for a change in the UK’s national obesity strategy, including participating in the Commons Health Select Committee’s Childhood Obesity Inquiry.  British children are suffering the brunt of this health crisis and things cannot continue in the same way.

BANT Registered Nutrition Practitioners are regulated by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) that holds an Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) for the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA). A recent report by the Royal Society for Public Health and the Professional Standards Agency made a key recommendation that AVR practitioners have the authority to make direct NHS referrals, in appropriate cases, to ease the administrative burden on GP surgeries.

As members of the CNHC Accredited Register, BANT Registered Nutrition Practitioners and other CNHC registrants, are the key workforce asset to harness 21st century lifestyle medicine to tackle the rising tide of stress related fatigue, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, dementia and other chronic diseases.

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