With more than 70 per cent of adults in Swindon now classed as overweight or obese, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation is inviting local people to find out more about the growing issue at its next free health talk.
Taking place on Thursday 2 June, the Trust will be serving up a super-sized portion of facts, figures and advice around the condition which currently claims 30,000 lives each year in the UK.
Obesity, which has become increasingly common in recent years, is when a person’s weight gain reaches a level deemed to be a risk to their health and wellbeing.
A man classed as obese is five times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than someone who’s not, while obesity in woman increases the likelihood of a heart attack by a third. It also impacts on the NHS, with obesity eating into the national budget by around £5 billion each year.
Locally, the problem is rife with around one in five adults and one in 10 schoolchildren at reception age in Swindon falling into the obese category.
Fiona Dickens, Community Dietitian Team Lead, said: “Being overweight or obese is a problem for so many people and one that can take a serious toll on a person’s health. As well as making a person generally unfit, obesity increases the risk of developing a range of medical conditions, such as breast, bowel and womb cancer, coronary heart disease and stroke.
“The good news is that it’s never too late for someone to change and during my talk I’ll be explaining how people can not only lose weight, but lay the foundations of a healthy lifestyle which can help prevent obesity altogether.”
The obesity talk is the latest in the Trust’s series of popular health lectures, with other recent topics including cancer, blackouts and seizures, menopause and organ donation.
Simon Denning, Membership and Governance Officer, said: “Our Trust is full of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who are experts in their specific areas. By hosting these talks, we hope that local people will take advantage of the wealth of knowledge that is available to them.”
Booking for the event, which begins at 6.30pm on Thursday 2 June in Lecture Hall One of the Academy, is not required.