Weight and obesity are never far from the headlines and with figures reaching epidemic proportions, dietitians are on the frontline when it comes to effective prevention and treatment.

"Dietitians must be prepared to lead the charge", believes Joyce Thompson, who was involved in the development of the latest national obesity management guideline.

Published in February by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), SIGN 115 states that lifestyle change - diet, physical activity and behaviour change - supported by medication and/or bariatric surgery where necessary, is the appropriate way to prevent and treat obesity in children, young people and adults.

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