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A National New Year’s resolution to tackle obesity – National Obesity Awareness Week

Obesity is estimated to affect around one in every four adults and around one in every five children aged 10 to 11 in the UK, which is why we’re supporting National Obesity Awareness Week and encouraging people to make some small changes to improve their health and well-being.

National Obesity Awareness Week 2015, which is taking place between 12 and 18 January, is intended to raise awareness of obesity and the positive steps the public can take to either prevent or address obesity.

The organisers have called for the public to join in with a ‘National New Year’s Resolution’ to tackle obesity by pledging to make a small lifestyle change such as exercising more regularly or cooking from scratch more often.

Local GP and Clinical lead at NHS Nottingham North and East CCG, Dr Paul Oliver, says: “If you’re overweight or obese then it’s important to take steps to tackle this. Obesity can lead to a number of serious illnesses, including type 2 diabetes, coronary heart, stroke and cancer. Making small lifestyle changes can make a big difference, like getting a bit more active, cutting down on sugary snacks, and eating more fruit and veg.

“This week provides an opportunity to get involved and join in with the National New Year’s Resolution, take some action, lose weight and improve your health and well-being
Professor David Haslam, Chairman of the National Obesity Forum, said:

“Obesity is one of the great public health issues of our time, and it is important that local communities come together to help each to support their health and wellbeing. That’s why local events and promotions are such an important part of National Obesity Awareness Week.

“We want this week to be a landmark in the way the country deals with obesity. There are simple and positive things that we can all do to help ourselves, and we hope the public will be inspired by events like these and will join our National New Year’s Resolution.”

Members of the public can enter their New Year’s Resolutions and receive information on healthy eating, nutrition and exercise by visiting the National Obesity Awareness Week 2015 website.

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