There are 67% of men and 57% of women in the UK who are either overweight or obese. This the finding of the Global Burden of Disease last May, this year.
On their behalf, “proper support” systems will be available which includes special diets and exercise activities. This was announced by the NHS in order to help contain the threat of diabetes.
NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens, announced that doctors will now have the additional job of advising overweight patients to seek treatment to lose weight. Companies are urged to use monetary enticements such as gift certificates as a way of encouraging employees to get rid of their extra poundage.
The NHS top man made the announcement before the start of England’s first national program to increase awareness on diabetes spread, prevention, cure, and more to combat the levels of obesity which have continued to increase from 15 percent to 20 percent in the last two decades.
The program, according the NHS chief, will be “evidenced based” and is the first of its kind to ever be implemented by the combined efforts of by NHS England, Public Health England, and Diabetes UK in the New Year
“If we get our act together – as the NHS, as parents, as schools, the food industry – we can get back in shape,” said Mr. Stevens.
“The NHS is going to be funding a new national program, proven to work, that will offer tens of thousands of people at risk of diabetes proper support to get healthier, eat better and exercise more,” he added.
It will focus on “exercise, eating well and making smart health choices, and we’re going to start making it available free on the NHS”.
“For those at risk of diabetes, losing less than 10 per cent of their weight can reduce the risk by nearly 60 per cent”, Mr Stevens added.
Referring to a recent ruling by the European courts that obesity is a disability, he said: “Rather than recent daft judgments by the European court practically pretending that obesity is inevitable, in England in 2015 we’re going to start proving that it isn’t.”
The NHS spends about £10 billion annually for more than three million Britons suffering from the disease.
Over 22,000 die a premature death every year with diabetes considered a “major cause”. But according to Duncan Selbie, chief executive of PHE, “a significant proportion of these are preventable”,
“We said we need to get serious about prevention, this program will show we mean business,” he added.
The news was received with approval by the Royal College of Physicians; however, RCP’s vice-president, Professor John Wass, has this to say: “There are not enough hospital services including bariatric surgery for obese people, and not enough help to prevent people becoming obese in the first place. We need both preventive public health measures and better services for people who are already obese.”
Britain has been adjudged as the second in the world when it comes to fat citizens, coming second to Hungary in a study among 35 European countries. The study was made by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. One out of 4 British are obese, which is about 20%. This is much higher than the 16.7 percent European average.