BOMSS responds to the sugar tax

In response to the introduction of a sugar tax on soft drinks, announced in the Budget, Mr Roger Ackroyd, president of BOMSS, said: “A focus on the problem of drinks with a high sugar content and little or no nutritional value is welcome – but it should be part of wide and coherent strategy to tackle rising levels of overweight and obesity across society which robs people of their health and places such a financial burden on the health service.”

Shaw takes on visiting lecturer post

BOMSS Council member Shaw Somers has been invited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to be their visiting Bariatric lecturer for 2016.

He will be visiting three centres in New Zealand and four in Australia, as well as presenting keynote lectures at the New Zealand Association of General Surgeons meeting this month and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons meeting in May 2016).

Shaw will be particularly interested in seeing bariatric clinics at work and learning how barriers to access for surgery are approached in Australia and New Zealand. He is also looking forward to meeting the personalities and leaders in bariatric surgery that shape practice in these countries and learning their challenges.

Along the way, there will be time to take in the experiences of another continent! Follow him at


BOMSS echoes concerns of Obesity Alliance over delay to Government Obesity Strategy

Members of the Obesity Health Alliance, a campaign group which formed last year to tackle obesity – and which includes BOMSS – has expressed concern about the increased to children’s health caused by the delay of the Government’s Obesity Strategy.

The Government’s strategy has already been delayed for months but the Department of Health has now confirmed that it will not be published until the summer, after the European referendum. With almost two thirds of adults and almost a third of children in the UK overweight or obese, members of the Alliance have warned that every day without an effective strategy in place means that the obesity time bomb is ticking, and that opportunities are being missed to protect the health and wellbeing of children and their families.

The group members say it is vital that the Prime Minister shows strong leadership, and calls on the Government to take urgent steps to address the obesity crisis. Being overweight or obese poses significant risk factors for serious health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, a range of cancers and poor mental health. These conditions have a devastating impact on our nation’s health and also place a huge financial burden on the NHS.

The OHA has produced a joint position statement which outlines ten urgent population-level policy interventions for government, retailers and health professionals. This is accessible at: