New ini­tia­tive brought in to help tackle obe­sity

More than 60% of res­i­dents over 18 clas­si­fied as over­weight in Bucks

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by JAS­MINE RAPSON Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter

NEW ini­tia­tives are be­ing launched to tackle obe­sity after it was re­vealed more than 60 per cent of adults in Buck­ing­hamshire are over­weight. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Bucks County Coun­cil’s health and well­be­ing board 60.2 per cent of Bucks res­i­dents over the age of 18 are over­weight or obese com­pared with 61.3 per cent across the UK.

A to­tal of 20.7 per cent of adults in Bucks are con­sid­ered “phys­i­cally in­ac­tive” – as they do less than 30 min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity per week – com­pared with the na­tional statis­tic of 22.3 per cent.

Board mem­bers said a new in­te­grated life­style ser­vice (ILS) will be in­tro­duced this month to im­prove ac­cess, as­sess­ment and re­fer­ral for a range of ser­vices in­clud­ing weight man­age­ment.

The re­port stated: “Obe­sity is a very com­plex and mul­ti­fac­to­rial is­sue, and more work is re­quired in all ar­eas to ad­dress it. Mem­bers of the health and well­be­ing board and their part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions can look to ad­dress the wide range of fac­tors that im­pact on healthy weight, in­clud­ing iden­ti­fy­ing res­i­dents who would ben­e­fit from los­ing weight and of­fer brief in­ter­ven­tion or ad­vice to signpost or re­fer to sup­port ser­vices.”

Fig­ures also re­vealed just 45.4 per cent of peo­ple in­vited to have a free health check in Bucks ac­cepted the of­fer - prompt­ing Bucks County Coun­cil to urge more res­i­dents to take ad­van­tage of the screen­ings.

Speak­ing at a meet­ing of the health and well­be­ing board on Thurs­day last week, Dr Jane O’Grady said the checks will pick up po­ten­tially life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses – how­ever it is of­ten dif­fi­cult to en­cour­age peo­ple to change their habits. She said: “It is very good at pick­ing up who may be de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes, or de­men­tia, or stroke or heart at­tacks.

“The tricky bit is get­ting peo­ple to change their be­hav­iour. So peo­ple are given the in­for­ma­tion and then it is the qual­ity of the in­ter­ac­tion with the per­son giv­ing the health check and your in­di­vid­ual mo­ti­va­tion to change your be­hav­iour.

“So of course if ev­ery­one changes their be­hav­iour we ab­so­lutely know it will have a dra­matic im­pact on peo­ple’s health and well­be­ing.”

To view the re­port visit https://democ­racy.buckscc.gov.uk/mgCon­vert2PDF. aspx?ID=112206

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