National Obesity Week next week

Published: 8 January 2015

The council has teamed up with the NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group to support National Obesity Awareness Week from January 12 and 18.

GPs and public health experts in Wandsworth are encouraging people in the borough to consider looking at the small lifestyle changes they can make to either prevent or address obesity.

Local GP and Chair of NHS Wandsworth CCG Dr Nicola Jones warns that obesity is estimated to affect around one in every four adults and around one in every five children aged 10 to 11 in the UK.

“Obesity can lead to a number of serious and potentially life-threating conditions including type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer. However, small lifestyle changes such as being more physically active, following a healthy, balanced diet and cutting down on sugary snacks can make a difference."

In Wandsworth, 52 per cent of adults were classified as obese or overweight in 2012, compared to a London average of 57 per cent of adults and an England average of 64 per cent.

Anyone who is concerned about their weight could speak to their practice nurse or GP in the first instance for advice about losing weight safely. They can advise you on the type of diet you should be following and how much exercise you should do.

The best way to treat obesity is to eat a healthy, reduced-calorie diet and to exercise regularly. Being more physically active could involve walking to work or school, or taking up activities such as gardening, fast walking, jogging, swimming or tennis for two and a half to five hours a week.

It is important to avoid situations where you know you could be tempted to overeat while setting realistic goals and involving your friends and family with your attempts to lose weight can also help.

Wandsworth Council offers a range of service to help residents get more healthy, fit and active.

  • Boost are fun sessions for families with young children centred on physical activity and healthy eating
  • New Mum, New You is a weight loss programme to help new mums get into shape.
  • Residents are also encouraged to join weight loss groups such as Slimming World and Weightwatchers, and people living on Battersea’s Patmore, Savona, York Road and Winstanley Estates could be eligible for free swim or gym membership under the council’s Healthy Estates programme.
  • The council’s Active Lifestyles programme is a variety of group exercise sessions to help increase your weekly activity levels and the Walk4life programme is a chance to go on free guided walks in borough parks. Find out more about these and other ways to incorporate activity into your daily life at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/health/physical_activity.

For more details on National Obesity Awareness Week 2015, which is organised by the National Obesity Forum, visit www.noaw.org.uk

For details on how your GP can help you lose weight visi www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Obesity/Pages/Treatment.aspx

For top tips on how to eat healthily visit www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/eight-tips-healthy-eating.aspx