Clinical Guidelines for Weight Management in New Zealand Adults – December 2009

Posted on December 30, 2009. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: |

Clinical Guidelines for Weight Management in New Zealand Adults
Date of publication (online): December 2009

“Summary of publication

The Ministry of Health commissioned the development of the Guidelines in 2008 for the management of overweight and obese adults, children and young people, with a focus on Māori, Pacific and South Asian populations.

Obesity is considered a major risk factor for many chronic, debilitating and life-threatening diseases. Over the past two decades the prevalence of obesity has more than doubled in New Zealand adults. Obesity is more common in Māori, Pacific and South Asian populations compared with other New Zealanders.

The Guidelines aim to provide evidence-based guidance for individual and group weight management, to be principally used in primary care and community-based initiatives. It is envisaged that the Guidelines will influence practice, reduce unnecessary variation, and provide a consistent approach across the many programmes in the private and public sector.

The Guidelines were developed by the Clinical Trials Research Unit (University of Otago) with technical advice and guidance from the Guidelines Technical Advisory Group. Development also included key informant interviews, road testing with frontline health providers and primary health organisations, consultation with Māori and Pacific caucuses and literature reviews on best practice information for Māori and Pacific.”

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