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BANT Champions Nutritional Therapy to Tackle Obesity Epidemic

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) today put forward its members as key players in the fight against the nation’s obesity crisis.

The move comes after the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) released the UK’s obesity statistics today.

The HSCIC’s report shows the proportion of adults with a normal Body Mass Index (BMI) decreased between 1993 and 2012 from 41.0 per cent to 32.1 per cent among men and from 49.5 per cent to 40.6 per cent among women. There was a marked increase in the proportion of adults that were obese between 1993 and 2012 from 13.2 per cent to 24.4 per cent among men and from 16.4 per cent to 25.1 per cent among women.

BANT Deputy Chair Deborah Colson said: “Today’s statistics are extremely concerning. Action needs to be taken to do something about this epidemic as a matter of urgency.

“Everyone has their own barriers to losing weight, their own stresses, commitments and ways of dealing with their health, diet and exercise, so a one size fits all approach is unlikely to be successful. People struggling with their weight need personalised support.

“There are many factors involved in losing weight other than just eat less and move more. Other health conditions can inhibit weight loss, nutrient imbalances will play a part, environmental factors like shift working and stress can have a huge influence, and there are also psychological factors for those who find themselves struggling with their relationship with food. This is why it is so important that everyone is getting the individual help they need,” she added.

BANT has more than 2,000 nutritional therapists across the country who provide personalised support and weight management plans. Find your local nutritional therapist at www.bant.org.uk.

Key facts from the HSCIC report:

  • The proportion of adults with a normal Body Mass Index (BMI) decreased between 1993 and 2012 from 41.0 per cent to 32.1 per cent among men and from 49.5 per cent to 40.6 per cent among women.
  • There was a marked increase in the proportion of adults that were obese between 1993 and 2012 from 13.2 per cent to 24.4 per cent among men and from 16.4 per cent to 25.1 per cent among women.
  • In 2012, 67 per cent of men and 55 per cent of women aged 16 and over met the new recommendations for aerobic activity. 26 per cent of women and 19 per cent of men were classed as inactive.
  • While overall purchases of fruit and vegetables reduced between 2009 and 2012, consumers spent 8.3 per cent more on fresh and processed vegetables and 11.7 per cent more on fresh and processed fruit.
  • In 2012-13, there were 10,957 Finished Admission Episodes (FAEs) in NHS hospitals with a primary diagnosis of obesity among people of all ages. This is 6.6 per cent less admissions than in 2011-12 (11,736), although this is almost nine times higher than 2002-03 (1,275). This is based on inpatient data only. Inconsistencies in recording practice vary over time between hospitals as to whether some episodes are recorded as outpatient or inpatient.

Here is a link to the full report http://www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/sopad14

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Stop Selling Sickness in Hospitals

Nutrition experts today backed a leading doctor’s call to ‘stop selling sickness in hospital grounds’ and ban junk food for patients.

BANT, the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy, said Aseem Malhotra’s report in the British Medical Journal should be taken seriously at the highest level of the NHS and Government.

In his report, Mr Malhotra, an interventional cardiology specialist registrar at the Royal Free Hospital in London, said he was appalled to see patients gorging on junk food that they had bought within the hospital grounds. He called for NHS chiefs to look in their own back yard for answers to the obesity crisis.

BANT Chair Miguel Toribio-Mateas said: “If people are presented with crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks as food options, it is going to be hard for them to say no, particularly if that is what they are used to eating.

“The mission of all hospitals and their staff should be to promote good health and wellbeing to get their patients back to health as quickly as possible.

“Ultimately staff should be given support from the likes of nutritional therapists who can help educate patients on the potential impact of their food choices on their health. Hospital staff should be given the help they need to prepare those in their care to prevent a relapse and a return to hospital.

“What we eat and drink will have a huge impact on our health in the long term. Nutritional therapists use nutritional science to provide education and support to help disease prevention. Wouldn’t it be a great opportunity to give some of that education to those in desperate need of it in our hospitals?  A wider recognition of how food really impacts our health could ultimately relieve the volume and financial pressure on the NHS.

“I would call on NHS chiefs to take Mr Malhotra’s report very seriously and start these sorts of changes close to home in a bid to slow down the obesity epidemic,” he added.

In his report in the BMJ, Mr Malhotra said: “An oversupply of nutritionally poor and energy dense foods loaded with sugar, salt, and trans fats — fuelled by the junk food industry’s aggressive and irresponsible marketing — has even been allowed to hijack the very institutions that are supposed to set an example: our hospitals.

“On daily ward rounds it is appalling to see patients, some of whom are not fully mobile, gorging on crisps, confectionery, sports drinks, and cola—the very food items that may have contributed to their admission in the first place.

“That these consumables are sold to patients through the portable hospital trolleys reflects a marketing strategy by junk food companies to make their products available and accessible to anyone, anywhere, at any time. It is obscene that many hospitals continue to have high street fast food franchises on site, as well as corridors littered with vending machines selling junk food. Such practice legitimises the acceptability and consumption of such foods in the daily diet,” the report stated.

For interviews with BANT representative or for further information, please contact Helen Barklam, tel: 07917 148900 or email communications@bant.org.uk.

Notes to editors

BANT is the professional organisation representing more than 2,000 nutritional therapists across the UK.

Click this link to read the full press release – http://www.bant.org.uk/bant/pdf/pressReleases/STOP_SELLING_SICKNESS_IN_HOSPITALS_20130701.pdf

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BANT Members Celebrate Research Success

Two BANT members have been published in an international obesity journal.

Marina Mastrostefano and Nicola M Pearson’s research projects on obesity and night eating syndrome and obesity and fertility have been published in Obesity Facts: The European Journal of Obesity.

Marina and Nicola presented their research at the European Congress of Obesity last month. Their studies investigated complex networks to understand mechanisms between obesity and night eating syndrome, and obesity and male fertility, respectively. Abstracts of their work have been published in Obesity Facts. 2013:6:1:1-246

[http://www.karger.com/Article/Pdf/170983]

Night Eating Syndrome (NES) is a distinct disorder precipitated by stress and manifested by a delayed circadian rhythm. Marina’s work describes the potential link between NES and obesity, focusing on the alteration of circadian rhythms.

Nicola’s work investigated evidenced mechanisms between obesity and male fertility focusing on hormones and the hypogonadal obesity cycle, oxidative stress and inflammation, and environmental toxins.

The research projects were undertaken as part of their BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy and BSc (Hons) Nutritional Science course at the Centre for Nutrition Education and Lifestyle Management (CNELM), Wokingham, under the supervision of Dr James Neil.

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