NHS England: Very low calorie diets part of NHS action to tackle growing obesity and Type 2 diabetes epidemic

Posted On: 3rd December 2018

3 December 2018. NHS England has today informed the public about the decision to include total diet replacements (TDR) as part of the NHS action to tackle obesity and related diseases such as type 2 diabetes.

According to Simon Stevens, NHS Chef Executive, the programme will be initially piloted in up to 5,000 people following the Diabetes UK funded DiRECT trial, where almost half of those who went on a very low calorie diet achieved remission of their Type 2 diabetes after one year. A quarter of participants achieved a staggering 15 kg or more weight loss, and of these, 86% put their type 2 diabetes into remission.

Professor Roy Taylor, lead researcher of the DiRECT trial said that this is ‘a hugely important step forward for the NHS, allowing people with type 2 diabetes to return to full health. This approach has gradually been taken up by doctors, nurses and dieticians, but now practical support will be provided.

Professor Anthony Leeds, Chair of TDMR Europe said: “We are delighted that the very real benefits of total diet replacement products have been recognised and will be used in an effort to tackle our nation’s growing obesity rates and associated diseases. TDRs have drastically improved the lives of thousands across the country by helping them lose weight safely and effectively, and it is marvellous that they will be made available to more of the public who need them. Obesity is not easy to tackle; it takes a tremendous amount of mental, emotional and physical effort. Our products have proven immensely successful over the years, and with good reason. They provide a safe and effective way to lose weight. They come with support from trained consultants, behavioural therapy and  education. They have been carefully designed to ensure that they provide 100% of recommended dietary allowances.”

TDMR Europe is extremely delighted with the announcement made today by NHS England, acknowledging once again the efficacy of Total Diets and Meal Replacement Products in tackling obesity and related diseases.

More information regarding the NHS announcement can be found here.