Obesity was already one of the most significant health crises facing the population prior to the pandemic. In addition, an evidence review of both UK and international studies conducted by Public Health England has identified that people who are overweight or living with obesity have a significantly increased risk of symptom severity,hospitalisation or death from coronavirus.
In response, the government has launched a new obesity strategy for England, although some measures are UK-wide. There are also new public-facing resources to support people to lose weight to protect their health.
In addition, it is a timely reminder that there are a number of existing training opportunities and resources for clinicians to ensure they can support their patients appropriately with this hugely important public health issue.
Better Health campaign - newly launched patient resources, including a free NHS weight loss plan
Public Health England - behaviour change resources
- Adult weight management: short conversations with patients
- Adult weight management: changing behaviour techniques
- All our health: obesity-supports integration of health promotion and wellbeing as part of everyday practice for healthcare professionals (open access across UK)
- Health Education England - e-Learning for Healthcare-Obesity (also available in Scotland via OpenAthens)
- Healthier Future: Scotland's diet and healthy weight delivery plan
- Obesity Action Scotland–provides leadership and advocacy on overweight and obesity
Public Health Scotland
- Public Health Scotland's Virtual Learning Environment
- Diet and healthy weight
- NHS Education Scotland e-learning