A new NHS slimming programme could help Brits to lose half a stone each, after trials showed results beyond expectations.
The programme consists of a series of classes on diet, exercise and cooking; which participants attend over a period of up to 9 months, plus personal trainers to help plan gym sessions or outdoor exercise.
A pilot involving 2,277 overweight participants saw an average weight loss of 8lb (3.7kg), which was beyond expectation.
At a cost of £435 per participant, the cost has been criticised, but officials say that the scheme will pay for itself by lowering the rate of type 2 diabetes in the UK. Dealing with diabetes costs the nation an estimated £10 billion diabetes bill and diabetes rates have soared due to excess weight.
Around 66,000 have signed up to the diabetes prevention programme so far – taking the total cost to near £30 million.
NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, said:
“Obesity is the new smoking and the scale of our response needs to match the scale of the crisis.”
Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum, said:
“For a programme that is still emerging from its pilot stages these early results, though not brilliant, are indeed better than hoped for.”
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The success of the NHS programme demonstrates that changes in diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle can result in weight loss; and people benefit from expert support.
Those looking to make major lifestyle changes – starting on exercise regimes, tackling type 2 diabetes through diet, or quitting smoking for example – could seek support from the GP. Especially if there are any health concerns.
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