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Should the NHS offer crash diets?


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30 MAY 2018


There is no getting away from the fact that, the country as a whole, has a problem with obesity. There will be some people and sectors who believe that this is a problem for an individual or family to deal with, but it should be remembered that obesity and the problems it causes has an enormous impact on the NHS. There is a need for these people to receive support and be helped to lose weight in order to reduce the pressure on the NHS.

There have been many complaints about crash diets but there have been calls from one-well regarded obesity specialist to prescribe these diets on the NHS. Professor Susan Jebb has found “phenomenal” results from a trial which placed people onto 800 calories a day diet. Now, given that this figure is far below the recommended calorie intake for adults, so it is no surprise to learn that people have been losing weight at a considerable rate.

Obese meal were placed on a meal replacement diet

The study focused on people who swapped their meals for bars shakes and soups in comparison with a control group and the results were impressive. Close to 300 obese people were part of the study and it was found that this group weighed 10kg, around a stone and a half, lighter after a year. The group who were provided standard dieting advice, reducing calories and being told to be more active, found that they had only lost on average 3kg in a year.

This is a significant difference and it may be that there is a good argument for this style of support on the NHS. There is a need to provide people with assistance in losing weight and results which show people have lost 7kg more in a year are worth studying.

More needs to be done to help people lose weight

At Atlantis Medical, we believe there is a need for the NHS to provide more support in helping people to lose weight. This is one of the biggest problems the country, and the NS, faces in the modern day and it is only likely to become worse and even more pressing. Therefore, taking the problem seriously and moving towards a situation where people are assisted with their weight problems is a smart move.
It should be remembered that prevention or creating as quickly as possible is recommended in the NHS. Yes, there will be people who say that some of the issues being dealt with or considered by the NHS are not too serious but stopping these problems before they become serious is a smart way to better support people.

There is still a debate to be had over the effectiveness of crash diets. While these can help people to lose weight in the short term, there are concerns that in the longer-term, they end up with people putting on more weight. This means that there will not be full support for the calls to introduce crash diet support on the NHS but there should be backing for the NHS to assist people with their weight loss efforts.

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Melanie Poynter 30/05/2018

Extreme diets will result in physical change but nothing above mentions dealing with the mind-set of the person and their relationship with food that led them to become obese in the first place. I strongly believe that if the negative relationships with self and with food are not addressed then nothing will be a long term solution (that could be passed on to the next generation) only a short term fix. Weight gain is the symptom, the behaviour driving it is the cause that really needs addressing.

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