Weight Management Services are a big part of the NHS Get Better Strategy. However, they only address the metric weight of a patient. Emotional support is needed to help the patient understand the potential underlying reasons for their situation. Only through a joint emotional and physical approach to weight management can patients’ be supported to make healthier decisions.
Obesity is a major public health issue in the UK. Nearly two thirds of adults in England are overweight or obese. A common treatment plan for obesity is to refer the patient to a weight management programme, though many physicians are reluctant to do this. Improving referral skills should help build the confidence clinicians need to aid patients in joining weight management programmes.
Obesity is one of the biggest public health crises in the UK today. Almost two-thirds of adults in England are overweight or obese. To tackle this ongoing issue the Government is investing in weight management services and gathering data to help improve these services. This article looks at where this Government funding is being used.