People across Telford and Wrekin borough are being encouraged by Telford and Wrekin CCG to support National Obesity Awareness Week (8-14 January) and join in a New Year’s resolution to help improve the health of the local population.
Dr Jo Leahy, local GP and Chair of Telford and Wrekin CCG said:
“As part of our ‘Take Care Telford’ initiative this is a really good opportunity to think how you can be healthier. Whether it is cooking more healthily, avoiding snacking in between meals or being physically more active and doing exercise as fun and family friendly way to become fit; a simple change in lifestyle can really help towards a healthier diet.
“There are lots of ways you can help make a difference and improve your own health and that of your family in 2018. Come along and meet Telford and Wrekin Healthy Lifestyle advisors at the Healthy Lifestyle Hub, where people can get free, personalised advice and support with setting goals and maintaining momentum.”
Obesity is a common problem in the UK that's estimated to affect around one in every four adults and around one in every five children aged between 10 and 11 years old.
It is a major cause of ill health, and is closely associated with an increased risk of a range of health conditions which include:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Heart disease and risk of a stroke
- Some cancers
The annual cost to the NHS of drugs for treatment of Type 2 Diabetes alone is £1 billion.
Obesity can also affect an individual’s quality of life and lead to psychological problems, such as depression and low self-esteem.
Dr Jo Leahy added:
“Obesity is generally caused by consuming more calories – particularly those in fatty and sugary foods – than you burn off through physical activity. The excess energy is stored by the body as fat.
“Obesity is an increasingly common problem because for many people modern living involves eating excessive amounts of high-calorie food and spending a lot of time sitting down at their desks, lounging on sofas or sitting in their cars.
“For most people the best way to treat obesity is to eat a healthy, reduced-calorie diet and exercise regularly. But this does take time and commitment and you should not look at it as a quick fix.
“Getting a good night’s sleep and even losing what seems like a small amount of weight, such as 3% or more of your original body weight, and maintaining this for life, can significantly reduce your risk of developing obesity-related complications.”
The best way for most people to calculate whether they are a healthy weight is by checking their BMI (Body Mass Index). The NHS has produced a free BMI calculator which can be found on the App Store. There are also free apps available to for smartphone users.
More information can be found on the NHS Choices website.