●● By Dr Paul Bowen, GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton, and executive chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). I’m sure many of us put on a little extra weight during the festive period and don’t really want to think too deeply about how much.
However, January is a good time for us to think about our weight, not least as National
Obesity Awareness Week (January 11-17), has just come to an end.
Now I’m not suggesting that any of us suddenly became obese over Christmas, but research has found that adults tend to weigh more in February and March than they did in September and October of the previous year.
The study further determined that people’s weight hadn’t changed significantly by the following September – so a large proportion of incremental weight gain can be attributed to the festive period. But fear not, support is available in the form of the JanUary, a campaign which promotes how we can eat healthier, be more active, improve our overall health, and get help if we need it. Part of the initiative involves making a new year’s resolution to improve your health, but January is far more wide-reaching than that. Information, tips, recipes and activities can be found at jan-u-ary.co.uk.
In the UK, 60 percent of adults are now considered overweight or obese, which is having a detrimental impact on the NHS and our general health.
Indeed, obesity can lead to a number of serious conditions and is often a direct cause of type 2 diabetes which, if untreated, can lead to organ damage and other complications.
In Eastern Cheshire alone, one in 20 adults has diabetes, and that number is set to rise in-line with our ageing population.
NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, which buys and plans most of the area’s healthcare services, is tackling this problem head-on and has agreed plans for services that will reduce the risk of people developing diabetes and will provide better support for those who do.
The integrated diabetes service will be accessible to Eastern Cheshire adults who have diabetes, or are at risk of developing the condition, as well as young people aged 16 plus who are moving across to adult diabetes services.
Find out more at:easterncheshireccg. nhs.uk