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Weight loss: NHS 'should pay for slimming class joiners'

Paying for people to join commercial slimming programmes could be cost effective for the NHS, the latest guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) suggests.

Gill Fine, a public health nutritionist who led the team devising the guidelines for the NHS in England, said that on average people joining 12-week slimming programmes lose 3% in weight, which provides valuable health benefits.

But Tam Fry from the National Obesity Forum claimed that people who are determined to lose weight can do so without a course.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 28 May.

  • 28 May 2014
  • From the section Health
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