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New service launched to tackle weighty problem in Enfield

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28 October 2021

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A new service to help adults lose weight and reduce the risk factors for diseases such as diabetes, coronavirus and hypertension has been launched by Enfield Council.

A new service to help adults lose weight and reduce the risk factors for diseases such as diabetes, coronavirus and hypertension has been launched by Enfield Council.

Almost a quarter of Enfield residents are obese, and eligible residents who are struggling with their weight can talk to their GP or another health and care professional for a referral or self-refer to the Adult Weight Management Service which will help them put in place a plan to shed the pounds.

The scheme supports the existing Children’s Weight Management Service which aims to help primary school children keep to a healthy weight and learn good habits to ensure they remain at a healthier weight throughout their lives. Ten per cent of the borough’s Reception age children are currently obese.

Cllr Alev Cazimoglu, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said ‘I very much welcome these services which will help some of the most vulnerable in our society.  I would urge anyone who is concerned about their weight to contact these services.  I know that losing weight can be difficult but this will help protect our health and make us feel fitter and healthier’.

Overconsumption is one of the most significant factors contributing to becoming overweight.  Figures show that many adults are consuming 200 to 300 extra calories a day above recommended guidelines with children who are already overweight consuming up to 500 calories more than they need.

These services will help individuals and families not only to make healthier and sustained changes to their diet and their levels of physical activity.