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25 years of failed policy on prevention-led healthcare!

British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT)

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BANT 2024 Election Manifesto – A call for change!

BANT was founded in 1997 with a handful of members and the ambition to shape the future of personalised nutrition one person at a time. Fast-forward 25 years and BANT membership has swelled to over 3,300 members, composed of PSA-accredited Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioners and BANT Registered Nutritionists®.

Sadly the health of our nation has also seen a dramatic transformation during this time, and we have seen an unprecedented rise in chronic disease, much of which is related to poor diet and lifestyle habits.

Simultaneously we have witnessed an explosion of ultra-processed food and drinks which now account for over 50% of the average Britain diet. The effects of these foods on health was made very clear in research published by the BMJ in April of this year, showing UPFDs to are directly associated with a higher risk of adverse health outcomes against 32 different health parameters spanning mortality, cancer, and mental, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and metabolic health outcomes.

In 2022, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP set out his plan for the NHS, based on 3 pillars: Prevention, Personalisation and Performance.

As we prepare for a General Election, BANT asks are we any closer to achieving this? What are political parties pledging on prevention in their manifestos?

In our BANT manifesto for health, we outline our plan for feeding our future and transforming health and nutrition in Britain.

Read our 'Actions to achieve change':

  • Policy to support a healthier population.
  • Increase funding for prevention.
  • Include nutrition practitioners in the NHS.
  • Update national dietary guidelines.
  • Legislation on food labelling.
  • Action against the drivers of obesity.

Campaign with BANT for a prevention-led model.

Read the full manifesto here.

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