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Obesity treatment 'lacks NHS resources'

Mind, Exercise, Nutrition … Do It! (MEND)

A leading obesity charity has predicted that a lack of resources will prevent the availability of the latest obesity treatment on the NHS.

Paul Sacher, the chief research and development officer at Mind, Exercise, Nutrition … Do It! (MEND), has said that the Mandometer, a digital plate to monitor eating habits, will not be available to most NHS patients.

He said: "Although an interesting study, the majority of obese children in the UK do not have access to regular hospital-based treatment due to lack of NHS resources."

The Mandometer device was developed by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and works my monitoring portion size and the speed at which a patient eats.

Researchers from Bristol University found that the device had a positive effect on the body mass index of young people.

But Mr Sacher said: "The evidence is clear that in order for sustained improvements in health, fitness and well being - children need to both improve their eating habits and engage in regular physical activity."

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Obesity treatment news : 9 January 2010