University expertise shapes national guidelines

Posted by uatemp13 at Jul 11, 2013 01:43 PM |
Advice from University researchers aims to tackle obesity and incidence of diabetes
University expertise shapes national guidelines

Professor Kamlesh Khunti of the University of Leicester's College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology

University of Leicester expertise has contributed to national guidelines to tackle obesity. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has set a lower body mass index (BMI) target for Asians in the country, bringing the UK in line with Indian and World Health Organisation recommendations.

Evidence of the work at the Diabetes Research Unit at the University of Leicester was given as a report to this NICE Guidance by Professor Kamlesh Khunti and Dr Danielle Morris. This work led by Professor Kamlesh Khunti and Professor Melanie Davies commenced around 12 years ago and has informed a number of national and international guidelines.

Until now, experts have said all UK adults should aim for a BMI of no more than 25 to be healthy.  But NICE says that doesn't go far enough for certain ethnic groups and that Asian people should aim for a BMI lower than 23. According to the new guidelines, a 5ft 11in (1.8m) Asian man should weigh below 75kg and an Asian woman who is 5ft 3in (1.6m) should weigh less than 59kg. Diabetes UK added that it was good to move away from a "one size fits all" approach to BMI. 

Excess body fat contributes to more than half of cases of Type-2 diabetes and a fifth of heart disease cases as well as certain types of cancer.  The number of people affected by these health conditions is far greater among black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups - despite rates of obesity among these groups being similar to the white population.

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