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."