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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21287: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 30 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to prescribing very low calorie diets as part of action by the NHS to tackle rises in obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 21 February 2019

Tackling obesity and the growing prevalence of type 2 diabetes are high priorities for the Scottish Government.

In addition to the Diet & Healthy Weight delivery plan, last summer I published the Type 2 Diabetes Prevention, Early Detection and Intervention Framework , the implementation of which will be supported by £42 million over the next 5 years. The framework provides national guidance to NHS Boards on the provision of evidenced-based weight management interventions. This includes very low calorie diets and total diet replacement programmes with staged food re-introduction, to suitable patients, based on evidence of successful remission results from the DiRECT trial, a collaboration between University of Glasgow, Newcastle University and Diabetes UK.

The Type 2 Diabetes Prevention, Early Detection and Intervention Framework can be found at this line: https://www.gov.scot/publications/healthier-future-framework-prevention-early-detection-early-intervention-type-2/pages/11/ .