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Pharmacists can now refer obese people to free weight loss courses to reduce the burden on the NHS

Pharmacists can now refer obese people to free weight loss courses to reduce the burden on the NHS

  • Pharmacists can refer obese people to free weight loss courses from today
  • The move aims to improve health and reduce the burden of obesity on the NHS
  • Patients can ask to enroll in the course or staff can recommend it



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Pharmacists can now refer obese people to free weight loss courses to improve their health and reduce their burden on the NHS.

Patients can ask to enroll in the 12-week program or the staff can recommend it if they think it will be helpful.

The NHS online course includes access to tailor-made diet and exercise plans, apps and one-on-one training and support.

Three in five adults in England are overweight.  More than one in four are obese, putting them at increased risk of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes (file photo used)

Three in five adults in England are overweight. More than one in four are obese, putting them at increased risk of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes (file photo used)

It is open to adults in England with high blood pressure or diabetes and a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.

Those of Asian, black and ethnic minorities can compete with a lower BMI of 27.5, due to their increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

Until now, patients had to be seen by their GP before they could access the course.

Three in five adults in England are overweight. More than one in four are obese, putting them at increased risk for cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

The online NHS course includes access to tailored diet and exercise plans, apps and one-on-one training and support (file photo used)

The online NHS course includes access to tailored diet and exercise plans, apps and one-on-one training and support (file photo used)

The online NHS course includes access to tailored diet and exercise plans, apps and one-on-one training and support (file photo used)

Diabetes costs the NHS an estimated £10 billion a year, with one in 20 GP prescriptions being spent to treat the condition.

dr. Bruce Warner, deputy head of pharmaceuticals at NHS England, said: ‘Obese adults can now walk into any community pharmacy to take the first step on a life-changing weight loss journey.’

Projections show that the growing number of people with the condition could lead to nearly 39,000 additional people having a heart attack by 2035 and more than 50,000 having a stroke.

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