All about the NOF
- Published on Tuesday, 18 October 2011
The National Obesity Forum [NOF] was established in May 2000 to raise awareness of the emerging epidemic of obesity and the effect that it was going to have on both individuals and the NHS. Try as the NOF might to urge government to introduce bold action to stem the problem, the Labour Administration [1997-2010] failed to come up with any meaningfuol initiative. Unfortunately it would appear from the first strategy document produced by the Coalition [Oct 13th 2011] that firm action is still some way away.
Unless bold action is taken - and quickly - the predictions of the Foresight Report  may surely come to pass with 60% of the UK population being overweight/obese with a loss to the xchequer of some £50bn per annum. This situation should not be tolerated either at national level or local level where obese patients of to-day might develop non communicable diseases to-morrow. Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular problems, some cancers, hypertension and premature death may all be consequencies of morbid obesity.
The NOF is particularly concerned with the lack of focus on prevention. Unless measures are introduced to address the root causes of obesity - now regarded as being evident even before birth - the problem will never be solved. It may still take a generation to achieve.
- Published on Tuesday, 12 June 2007
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- Published on Wednesday, 24 May 2006
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- Published on Tuesday, 09 May 2006
The National Obesity Forum (NOF) was established by medical practitioners in May 2000 to raise awareness of the growing health impact that being overweight or obese was having on patients and the National Health Service (NHS).
The growing prevalence of obesity and its legacy of disease, particularly type II diabetes, heart disease and premature death demands that health care professionals move forward with urgency to prioritise the way in which weight management is delivered.
- To create recognition of obesity as a serious medical problem
- To provide education and training on obesity management
- To produce guidelines for obesity management within primary care
- To provide a network for health professionals and an obesity management support and information resource
- To convince Government and healthcare workers to give obesity a high priority nationally and locally.
- To raise the profile of obesity via medical and lay media channels
- To highlight the health inequalities of obesity
- To promote quality clinical care via an annual "Best Practice Award"
- Published on Tuesday, 13 June 2006
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- Published on Tuesday, 09 May 2006
The National Obesity Forum is an independent professional organisation. We are however delighted to acknowledge the support, both professional and financial, of other organisations, without which, the work of the NOF would not be possible. In pursuing our aims we have been assisted by, or worked jointly with the following organisations:
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity
- Department of Health
- National Institute of Clinical Excellence
- Royal College of Paediatricians
- Association for the Study of Obesity
- National Audit Office
- Korean Academy of Family Physicians
- National Association of Primary Care
- LighterLife UK Limited
- Roche Products Ltd
- Abbott Laboratories
- Slim Fast Foods Ltd
- Safeway Foods plc
- Tanita UK Ltd
- Sanofi-Aventis Ltd
- Mantis Surgical Equipment Ltd
- GlaxoSmithKline UK Ltd
- British Meat Nutrition Education Services
- Rosemary Conley Enterprises
- Carlton TV Ltd
- The Obesity Awareness and Solutions Trust
- The British Liver Trust.
- Published on Thursday, 04 March 2010
01 March 2010
The NOF view is that all UK children should be weighed and measured annually from age one year to catch the majority of the 27% who enter primary school either overweight or obese. This would go a long way to ensuring that a recommendation made by the Chief Medical Officer for England in 2003 was met. Sir Liam Donaldson directed that health professionals - including general practitioners, school nurses, practice nurses and health visitors - should identify early signs of obesity in children and offer interventions at an early stage. Provisions have been made in the Health & Social Act  for pre-school and school age children to be measured and this should have been implemented by now.
The UK's Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health and NOF jointly stated  that all children with severe and progressive obesity should be referred to a paediatrician before age 2 and, in 2004, the Health Select Committee of the House of Commons recommended that all school age children should be measured annually and their BMI calculated. Until this is done it is the NOF's view that capping childhood obesity in the UK will be harder and take longer to accomplish and that the implementation of QOF payments could ensure that the assessments were carried out