- 62% of adults are living with overweight or obesity in England, of which 25% are living with obesity.
- Obesity is a serious health concern that increases the risk of many other health conditions, including Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, joint problems, mental health problems, and some cancers.
- Evidence shows that people living with obesity are at higher risk of adverse outcomes from COVID-19, therefore it is more important than ever to support those living with obesity to lose weight.
- If you are living with obesity and have either diabetes or high blood pressure, or both, you could be eligible for the NHS Digital Weight Management Programme.
- Losing weight isn’t easy, but it can be more achievable with support.
- The programme offers free, 12-week digital support through apps and websites to help you manage your weight and improve longer term health outcomes.
- With a range of providers to choose from, you’ll get lots of support to help you get active and improve your diet as you work through the weeks.
- As a digital programme, it is designed to be accessible and easy to use, allowing you to complete the programme in your own time, at a pace that works for you.
- It can be tough to make changes but with our support you can take control of your health.
What’s the criteria to be referred to the programme?
- You must be 18 or over
- Have a BMI greater than 30. The BMI threshold will be lowered to 27.5 for people from Black, Asian, and ethnic minority backgrounds, as we know people from these ethnic backgrounds are at an increased risk of conditions such as Type 2 diabetes at a lower BMI.
- You must also have diabetes, high blood pressure, or both.
- The programme is only available to people with a smartphone, tablet, or computer with internet access.
Speak to your GP Practice or visit your local pharmacy today to find out how the programme could benefit you. If you do not have diabetes or high blood pressure, you may still benefit from the NHS better health programme.