National Obesity Awareness Week 10/01/2022 - 16/01/2022

The prevalence of obesity in England has tripled over the last 20 years and continues to rise. The majority of the adult population are now overweight. 

Obesity is associated with an increased risk of developing a number of chronic diseases and conditions including; type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, asthma, certain cancers, reproductive problems, osteoarthritis and back pain and obstructive sleep apnoea. Being obese also increasing your risk of being severely ill from COVID-19. In addition to physical health risks, there are bi-directional associations between common mental health problems (depression and anxiety) and obesity.

In Redbridge we have a higher than average prevalence of child obesity. Being overweight or obese in childhood has profound impacts on the health and life chances of children. Overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence are associated with increased risk of excess weight, premature mortality and physical morbidity in adulthood.

What can we do about obesity in Redbridge?

1. Make healthy choice the easy choice

2. Empower you to increase your physical activity

3. Work with you, and our partners to address mental health links and promote healthy lifestyle programs

4. Support individuals and families to adopt a healthier lifestyle and habits

5. Provide knowledge and support with nutrition and cooking skills

Health initiatives to help combat obesity

Want advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing?

Visit NHS Choices website

Obesity UK

For More information on Obesity, causes, diagnosis and Treatment visit the NHS website here.

Useful links

Other MyLife pages: Healthy Living, Healthy weight, Stop smoking, Diabetes, Exercise

External websites: Food Standards Agency, NHS Choices - healthy eating, Change4Life, Beat eating disorders charity, British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK, Blood Pressure UK, Obesity UK