Obesity (update): guideline consultation

New draft guidelines from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on eligibility for bariatric surgery have been released.

Consultation on the proposed new guidelines is now open – and will close at 5pm on August 8. It is anticipated that full guidance will then be issued in November.

Current guidance says surgery is an option for people with a BMI above 35 who have other health conditions.

The update in guidance strengthens the focus on those with type 2 diabetes. It states that people who have been diagnosed in the past decade and have a BMI over 35 should be assessed for surgery.

The guidelines also suggests doctors should consider those with a BMI of 30 or more on a case-by-case basis.

The Guidelines can be viewed here – http://www.nice.org.uk/Guidance/GID-CGWAVE0682/Consultation