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Survival of the fittest!

Now the festive season is over NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are asking local people to join the nation’s New Year’s resolution to help improve the UK’s health in conjunction with National Obesity Week 2017.

Whether it’s cooking more healthily, avoiding snacks, or being a little more physically active, join in and make your healthy New Year’s resolution now!

National Obesity Awareness Week this year is taking place between 9-15th January 2017. People and families in Solihull are being invited to join others across the UK to make a national New Year's resolution to improve the nation's health and take small steps to live a healthier lifestyle.

1 in 4 adults in the UK are considered obese and trends suggest this could rise above 50% by 2050. Obesity can lead to a number of serious and potentially life-threating conditions including type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Obesity is a national problem and does not just affect adults. Figures indicate that almost 20% of children leaving primary school are obese. Making small changes to yours and your family’s diet and physical activity can have a huge impact on your health and wellbeing and National Obesity Awareness Week is a great opportunity to look at how everyone can live healthier lifestyles.

Dr Anand Chitnis, Chair at NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“After Christmas the last thing you want to hear about is cutting down sugary snacks, eating a balanced diet and focusing on physical activity but obesity is on the increase and only you can do something about it!

“The best way to treat obesity is to eat a healthy, reduced-calorie diet and to exercise regularly. Being more physically active could involve taking up activities such as 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.

“Anyone who is concerned about their weight should speak to a Health Trainer, Solihull Connect (0121 704 6000), You + Shop, Practice Nurses about losing weight safely.”

 

Please see link for  website for Healthy Weight services in Solihull - https://solihull.mylifeportal.co.uk/healthyweight/

 

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 cheap, high-calorie food and spending a lot of time sitting down, at desks, on sofas or in cars.

 

For more information on obesity and how it can affect you and your family, visit http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Obesity/Pages/Introduction.aspx