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Healthy weight and treating obesity

To drive the prevention workstream forward, healthier weight and treating obesity's priority in the North-East and North Cumbria region is to identify and facilitate opportunities for the ICS to work with partners to support the healthier weight and treating obesity agenda.

This includes supporting whole system working to tackle obesity, to reduce the complications linked to overweight and obesity along with working towards the classification of obesity as a disease.

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  • We use data and intelligence to understand the needs of the population in relation to healthier weight in the context of both prevention and treatment.
  • We promote and implement the existing research in healthier weight in the context of both prevention and treatment.
  • We contribute to the evidence base by evaluating local approaches and interventions that support action to treat obesity in the NHS, including primary and secondary care.
  • We facilitate NHS engagement in place based whole system approaches to obesity supporting collaboration with the local authority, community and voluntary sector and other partners
  • We identify opportunities to create and support pathways for primary prevention and treating obesity within and between the NHS and public health commissioned community services, and other community and voluntary sector provision
  • Addressing inequalities at the heart of the approach and support achievement of the NHSE/I 5 strategic objectives to reduce health inequalities and the Core20Plus5 agenda

Obesity is one of the major healthcare conditions, needing a lot of support from everyone.

Obesity is increasingly getting recognised as a ‘Chronic, recurrent metabolic disease’, affecting a person's physical, mental, social, and financial wellbeing.

People with Obesity, usually have multiple other physical problems like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnoea, lipid abnormalities, osteoarthritis, mental health problems, mobility related problems and increased incidence of cancer.

There is increasing evidence that, when people get help to lose weight, many of these conditions improve, and their quality of life improves.

However, there is a stigma attached to people with weight related problems, who are made to feel that it is their own fault, and this stigma limits them asking for help.  

There needs to be a balance created between the concerns associated with medicalising this condition fully and recognising obesity as a disease.

A paradigm shift is absolutely needed in the way the healthcare professionals and the common people approach obesity, in removing this stigma, and a whole system approach should be developed to prevent obesity and treat obesity related problems.

Our Integrated Care System has created a separate workstream to make a journey towards achieving this whole system approach and develop appropriate pathways at all tiers of care for patients with weight related problems.

We invite everyone to join the journey of championing for getting the appropriate help to people with weight related problems.

  • Primary Care
  • Secondary Care
  • Tertiary Care
  • NE Applied Collaborative Centre (ARC)
  • Regional Clinical Networks
  • Local Authorities
  • Office of Health Improvement & Disparities (OHID)
  • Drummond Central

  • We help support and promote the NHS Digital Weight Management- NHS England » The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme - View the Digital weight management programme here. You can also view their video here.
  • Recovery and expansion of Specialist Weight Management Services
  • Developed Minimum Standards for Specialist Weight Management Services
  • Working on funding proposal for regional and national funding to support Healthy Weight and Treating Obesity services
  • Developing the CYP workstream
  • Working with Drummond Central on a behavioural Insights project for more information see here.

For guidance on speaking to service users about weight management, follow the principles outlined in the Obesity Language Matters Guide here.

Healthy Weight Coach – supporting people with living with overweight or obesity to help them make positive changes to their health, see here.

NHS digital weight management programme healthcare professional toolkit here.


World Obesity Day 2023

North East North Cumbria Healthy Weight & Treating Obesity clinical lead Dr Arut and strategic manager Will Smith openly discuss the impacts of obesity and the ways we in the North East & North Cumbria are aiming to improve health outcomes for World Obesity Day 2023.

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