GPs must urgently refer almost two million overweight people for NHS cooking and exercise classes under official guidelines published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice).
Everyone over 40 should have a blood test to identify whether unhealthy eating has damaged their metabolism. NHS leaders will have to scale up healthy living programmes to make sure that more people can take part, the guidance adds. Sending people on the taxpayer-funded Â£435-a-head courses will cost billions but pay for itself within 14 years by preventing thousands of cases of diabetes, Nice estimates.
Obesity is the world's fastest-growing health risk, with poor diet responsible for one in five deaths. A quarter of British adults are obese and this has fuelled a doubling of Type II Diabetes.
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