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Australia failing in efforts to prevent obesity

Australia's investment in life-saving health promotion programs now lags well behind many other comparable Western countries, according to an editorial by Professor Rob Moodie (University of Melbourne) and colleagues from the Obesity Policy Coalition and The Australian Health Policy Collaboration. The editorial, ‘ Australia’s health: being accountable for prevention’, is published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Preventing weight gain in adults to reduce type 2 diabetes

A study of over 33,000 people, indicates that public health strategies designed to prevent adult weight gain in the whole population have the potential to prevent twice as many cases of type 2 diabetes, as strategies that target individuals at high risk of diabetes due to being obese.

Editorial comment: Bariatric surgery is the wrong target

A report by the Health Select Committee that has criticised NHS England for spending more money on bariatric surgery than on measures to prevent obesity. The authors may argue that the comparison was made to highlight the idiocy in spending more on surgery than prevention. But this misses the point. Comparing spending on obesity prevention to bariatric surgery is an illogical comparison and, in some respects, undermines the many positive aspects of bariatric surgery.

UK report: Funding for surgery is inexplicable

A report by the Health Select Committee criticises NHS England for spending more money on weight loss surgery than on measures to prevent obesity, reports Diabetes.co.uk.

Lifestyle interventions most cost-effective approach

Behavioural and drug interventions aiming to prevent people with prediabetes progressing to full blown type 2 diabetes are equally effective for both sexes at preventing progression and reducing weight, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis. The research by Dr Anna Glechner, Danube University Krems, Austria, and Dr Jurgen Harreiter, Medical University of Vienna, Austria, and colleagues, was published in Diabetologia.

Study finds LAGB can be used to prevent diabetes

Weight loss could be crucial in preventing patients with impaired fasting glucose (IGF) developing diabetes, according to a study published in Diabetologia.

Swedish Obese Subjects: surgery prevents diabetes

Bariatric surgery is twice as effective as lifestyle changes at preventing type 2 diabetes in people who are obese, according to the latest paper from the Swedish Obese Subjects study. The outcomes revealed that surgery reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by 78%, double the effect of diet and exercise alone.

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