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Better Health campaign lists six health benefits of losing weight

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Reducing the risk of serious diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cancer, are just some of the benefits of losing weight highlights a new government campaign.


The Better Health campaign is promoting the six benefits of being a healthier weight to urge people to make losing weight part of their new year resolutions:

  1. Decreased risk of common cancers (colon, liver, pancreas, kidney)
  2. Lowered risk of increased blood pressure
  3. Reduced risk of heart disease
  4. Less risk of developing diabetes
  5. Less strain from chronic back and joint pain
  6. Decreased risk of being hospitalised or becoming seriously ill with Covid

Over three in five adults (63 per cent of adult population) are at an increased risk from serious diseases because they are overweight, according to research from NHS Digital conducted in 2019.

Obesity also increases the risk of being hospitalised with Covid-19, says the Department of Health and Social Care, which has produced the campaign.

Image from the Better Health campaign.

The campaign has joined with 15 weight management and physical activity partners who are providing free and discounted offers. The website will also signpost to local weight management support.

Launched on 5 January, spokespeople said the new year was a great time to start adopting healthier behaviours.

Public Health Minister, Maggie Throup said: “January is a great time of the year for making resolutions and I hope that people can use this as a kick start moment to be more active and eat healthier – especially when losing body weight can have such a positive impact on our health, including reducing the chance of becoming seriously ill with Covid-19.”

A free NHS quit smoking app is available on the website.

Vanessa Hebditch, Director of Policy at the British Liver Trust said: “Obesity is a public health emergency and urgent action to tackle it is required to reduce the prevalence of fatty liver disease and other serious health conditions.

“Liver damage develops silently with no signs or symptoms and people often don’t realise they have a problem until it is too late. Around 1 in 5 of us are already likely to have the early stages of fatty liver disease and many people are unaware that excess weight is a significant risk factor in this.”

The Better Health campaign website also has advice and free tools to quit smoking, get active and drink less.

For more information see: www.nhs.uk/better-health

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