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Thursday, 3rd January 2013

UK: Action on obesity: Comprehensive care for all

Source: Royal College of Physicians (UK)

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The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has a long history of providing influential guidance for the solution of major public health problems. In 1962 the RCP published its ground-breaking report, Smoking and health, which was visionary in that it both brought the known evidence about smoking- related harm to wider public attention, and for the first time emphasised the role that government could play by recommending public policy measures to reduce the burden of death and disease. So began 50 years of campaigning by the RCP, including the setting up of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) in 1971. Today, smoking is no longer the norm, smoking prevalence is down to 21%, and death and disease rates from smoking are in decline, in contrast to other parts of the world, notably China.

There are now similar far-reaching problems with obesity. The UK has the second highest prevalence of obesity in the world, and something needs to be done about it. This important report highlights the paucity of resources, such as multidisciplinary clinics, that are available to obese patients. Such clinics can work with patients who require support and management for obesity, its causes and associated comorbidities. The report also highlights the problems faced by obese patients, and calls on the medical profession to lead from the front in delivering a solution. Finally, it considers the role of a wide range of health policy makers, public health leads, commissioners of healthcare services as well as individual healthcare practitioners in coordinating services to ensure improved care for obese patients, as well as delivering programmes aimed at the prevention of obesity.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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