New Dietary Guidance for the UK

Championing the Safeguarding of Children is my role, and as a result of my Named GP role I have recently become involved in countering obesity at CCG, local authority and at national level.

You may not know these NSPCC figures:

7% of children have been physically abused 5% of children have been sexually abused 20% of children have been exposed to domestic abuse 10% of children have been neglected

And government figures:

33.3% of children are overweight or obese at 11y 21.9% of children are overweight or obese at 4-5 y

I am one of a group of doctors who are looking to encourage better dietary advice for the UK as part of a national charity called the Public Health Collaboration UK. We see the current advice is not working so we are trying to do something better. For instance, I have simple cards with pictures of real food on one side (green with ticks), and false/processed food on the other (red with crosses), so people can clearly see the better ways to eat. No literacy skills are necessary, and they are also good for people with English as a second language.

Last week the PHCuk and the national Obesity Forum launched their new dietary guidance for the UK and a link is below. While it sparked a media controversy it is in line with current NICE guidance (individualized care and low GI foods for diabetics December 2015)