NHS health Scotland has published new standards for tier 2 and 3 weight management services for children, young individuals and adults across Scotland, with the intention of enhancing the quality of support.
The standards have been developed to ensure that the treatment of overweight and obesity across Scotland occurs in a consistent, equitable and evidence-based manner. The development was led by an expert reference group aided by the best available evidence and learnings from good practice across Scotland.
Obesity rates in Scotland are one of the highest in the developed world. These standards are part of the Scottish Government's co-ordinated action to cut down the prevalence of obesity and the associated health inequalities. The British Dietetic Association and the British Psychological Society have endorsed the new standards.
Suzanne Connolly, Senior Health Improvement Officer at NHS Health Scotland, said: "The standards for the delivery of weight management services published today aim to ensure that no matter where in Scotland you live, you can access the same high quality weight management support."