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Code Of Practice For AWCO Of New Zealand.

1. Member organisations will observe ethical principals in their dealings with clients comparable to those of the health professions.

2. The rights of the client, as described in relevant legislation such as the Fair Trading Act, will be recognised and reviewed with the client as appropriate to individual programmes. In as much, weight loss programmes require a high degree of co-operation from the client, it is inappropriate to guarantee any specific results of the programme beyond what might reasonably be achieved by a co-operative client.

3. Individuals who have responsibility for counselling clients about the principals of the programme, monitoring progress, and otherwise giving advice and those who supervise them must have undergone an appropriate training programme. This will include counselling skills and such individuals must ensure that they have received sufficient training to use those skills appropriately. Such individuals have a responsibility to maintain their level of competence. A mechanism must be in place to monitor the performance of such individuals at suitable intervals.

4. Before enrolling clients, the organisation must be assured that the individual is actually overweight, and that their short or long term health is likely to benefit from a weight control programme. Individuals who appear highly motivated to lose weight, but are already of normal or below normal weight, shall be advised to seek counselling from a health professional.

5. Weight control organisations will not provide individual advice on health problems or disease management, except where they utilise appropriately qualified health professionals for that purpose. They may however offer general advice, such as the risks of obesity, of inadequate exercise, and similar matters.

6. Member organisations recognise that excess weight due to obesity involves an imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure. Such imbalance will include both dietary and exercise factors. Weight loss must therefore include advice in both areas, although the programme itself may concentrate on only one of these.

7. There are a variety of possible ways to assist in weight loss, which suit differing situations. The organisation must utilise methods which have been objectively proven to produce safe loss of body fat without otherwise impairing the physical or behavioural health of the individual. Records must be kept to demonstrate that, if the regimen is followed faithfully, the desired effect is achieved.

8. Ethical weight control involves both reduction in body fats, and maintenance of the new body composition. Programmes must provide advice such that, if followed, the client can maintain weight control in the long term.