Monday, 25 July 2011

Fancy A Certificate In Fatty Nagging?

Laid low at the moment with the lurgey Mrs P kindly passed on to me, as well as being rather busy planning an important event next month amongst the usual life clutter.

I thought I'd share this briefly, though, from the University of Reading.

Certificate in Obesity Management

The course focuses on the development of knowledge and skills to enable students on completion of the course to be able to set up and deliver an effective weight management service.

The Certificate in Obesity Management will cover the following aspects of obesity assessment & management:

- The management of obesity and prevention of obesity-related co-morbidities
- Patient assessment
- Dietary interventions
- Promoting physical and "everyday" activity
- Motivational Interviewing & behaviour change consultation
- The role of pharmacotherapy and bariatric surgery

What are the benefits of attending?

On completion of the course participants will have:

- a thorough grounding in all aspects of obesity management
- developed the skills to facilitate the delivery of appropriate services for patients
- participated in learning opportunities with local, national and international experts
- undertaken a practice-based project in their work area
- been instructed in the most effective method of sternly wagging a finger (OK, I'll admit to adding that one - Dick)

Who funds the course?

Development of the course has been supported by the Government Office of the South East (GOSE) and the South Central Strategic Health Authority (SCSHA).
Coupled with the news - featured in Saturday's link tank - that ...

Both LMCs and GP consortium leaders have backed moves by NHS Hertfordshire to block any patient with a BMI over 30 from being referred for routine joint replacement surgery without first being referred to a weight management scheme.
... and I think we get the bigger picture, don't you?


Anonymous said...

"Dietary interventions"

Ha ha ha I have this mental image of state drones diving to grab a pie out of the hands of salad-dodgers.

Dick Puddlecote said...

SAoT: Perhaps they're tasered-up and shout "Step. Away. From the pastie!" ;)

Mark Wadsworth said...

Main cause of obesity is people who don't smoke. Fact.

Twenty_Rothmans said...


Anonymous said...


Thank you! D'you know, in all the years I've been hearing about this "obesity epidemic" that we're supposedly in the middle of, I've bored everyone stupid by pointing out at every opportunity the mirror-image rise in "obese" people (a phrase which I think has been redefined to include people who, in my view, are actually just "overweight") compared to the exact same rate of decrease in the number of people smoking, to be met, usually, with a mixture of incredulous looks and complete lack of comprehension. Even on supportive comments sites like these, the connection is rarely picked up and never "run with" as a potential weak point in the antis' "Giving up smoking is good for you. Period" mantra.

So it's good to see that someone else has put the same two and two together and made four. I was beginning to think it was just me ...

Anonymous said...

Didsn't universities used to teach physics and shit like that? When did that all change?

Dick Puddlecote said...

Anon: It's not just you, I think pharmaceutical companies may have spotted the link too.

They've seen better opportunities in fighting obesity than smoking now.

As always, follow the money, eh?

Anonymous said...

I suspect a lot of celebrities secretly smoke to keep the weight off.

Eddie Willers said...

"Fatty nagging"!

how about "chubby checking"?

Woodsy42 said...

@Edgar, yes they did but real subjects are too hard for most modern students so they teach lots of easy ones now (without any nasty maths and suchlike. In these new pseudo-scientific subjects you can make up your own answers or just follow the consensus, that way nobody is ever wrong and nobody has to fail.

Anonymous said...

They can all fuck right off!

PT Barnum said...

So presumably the first customers of these certificated folk will be all the waddling nurses who populate the NHS hospitals? I think that's where they're corralling the obese prior to the cull... Well, there has to be a reason, I suppose.

One Irritated Underweight Smoker (soon after a blood test)

Twenty_Rothmans said...

>University of Reading
I managed to make it that far before giggling.

Mrs20 qualifies for the CiOM at CIPPET but isn't a troller and DILLIGAF. It's £500 for NHS and £750 for ordinaries.

The link, which I urge everyone to enjoy, ticks all the boxes at - er - box-ticking.

Anonymous said...

Totally O/T
You may need to check your .live email account Dick. It may have been compromised. Received a very odd mail from you this morning. Haven't opened it or replied via email for obvious reasons. Do hope I'm wrong but thought you should know ;-)

Dick Puddlecote said...

Max: Yep, saw a host of returned e-mails when I logged in this morning which said something had happened at 6:20am. All fixed now :)

Anonymous said...

Phew! Glad all is OK. Spammers, eh. Bastards!

Magnetic said...

Was on a General Practitioner website and noticed a very recent comment (24 July) posted by Herr Paul Bartlett seeking advice. The Herr is unrepentant and hasn’t given up the “cause”; he still wants “to make history” with an outdoor smoking ban. He doesn’t seem to have a clue concerning what he refers to as “so-called” civil liberties.

Dick Puddlecote said...

Yes, saw that Magnetic. Very open of Bartlett to invite personal discussion with him like that, eh? ;)