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This briefing summarises NICE's recommendations for local authorities and partner organisations on the use of body mass index (BMI) as a signal for preventive action against long-term medical conditions. The focus is on people from black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups (for a definition see 'Assessing body mass index and waist circumference thresholds for intervening to prevent ill health and premature death among adults from black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups in the UK '). It is particularly relevant to health and wellbeing boards.

This briefing will complement advice in NICE's local government briefing on NHS health checks, due to be published in February 2014.

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Public health guidance, PH46 - Issued: July 2013 (revised 2014)

This guidance aimed to determine whether lower cut-off points should be used for black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups in the UK as a trigger for lifestyle interventions to prevent conditions such as diabetes, myocardial infarction or stroke.

It is aimed at commissioners, managers and practitioners with public health as part of their remit working within local authorities, the NHS and the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors,

The evidence confirms that these groups are at an equivalent risk of diabetes, other health conditions or mortality at a lower BMI than the white European population. But it was not sufficient to make recommendations on the use of new BMI and waist circumference thresholds to classify whether members of these groups are overweight or obese. There was also insufficient evidence to make recommendations on the full range of health conditions considered, or all-cause mortality (most of the evidence came from diabetes studies).

As a result, this guidance supports previously published NICE recommendations on diabetes prevention and extends them to black African and African-Caribbean groups. It also highlights recommendations from NICE and other sources in relation to awareness raising, BMI measurement and thresholds that can be used as a trigger for intervening.

The guidance can be viewed by clicking here: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/index.jsp?action=byID&o=14201

 

This briefing summarises NICE's recommendations for local authorities and partner organisations on the use of body mass index (BMI) as a signal for preventive action against long-term medical conditions. The focus is on people from black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups (for a definition see 'Assessing body mass index and waist circumference thresholds for intervening to prevent ill health and premature death among adults from black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups in the UK '). It is particularly relevant to health and wellbeing boards. The guidance can be accessed and downloaded by clicking here: bit.ly/1dOdism

This report presents analysis of data from years 2006/07 until 2011/12 of National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) and describes the changes that have taken place across survey years in the body mass index (BMI) of children aged 4/5 and 10/11 years attending state maintained schools in England.Prevalence of obesity and mean BMI (adjusted for age) have been used to summarise the BMI of the child population by school year and sex. Analysis has also been conducted to examine changes across the BMI distribution, by level of socioeconomic deprivation, and by ethnic group.

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This report presents analysis of data from the first five years of National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) and describes the changes that have taken place across survey years in the body mass index (BMI) of children aged 4/5 and 10/11 years attending state maintained schools in England.

Prevalence of obesity and mean BMI (adjusted for age) have been used to summarise the BMI of the child population by school year and sex. Analysis has also been conducted to examine changes across the BMI distribution, by level of socioeconomic deprivation, and by ethnic group.

This report uses data from the Health and Lifestyles in the North West 2007 report and explores the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and a number of self-reported lifestyle characteristics and lifestyle-related illnesses.

Map showing prevalence of current levels of population classed as BMI underweight within Bolton at MSOA (Middle Super Output Area) level. Taken from Bolton Health Survey 2010.

Map showing prevalence of current levels of population who are classed as BMI overweight (but not obese) within Bolton at MSOA (Middle Super Output Area) level. Taken from Bolton Health Survey 2010.

Map showing prevalence of current levels of population who are classed as BMI Obese within Bolton at MSOA (Middle Super Output Area) level. Taken from Bolton Health Survey 2010.

Map showing prevalence of current levels of population who are classed as BMI 'normal weight' within Bolton at MSOA (Middle Super Output Area) level. Taken from Bolton Health Survey 2010.

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