In response to Covid-19, Public Health England has launched a major new adult health campaign to support people on their weight loss journey.
Weight is a significant Covid risk factor and The Better Health website provides tools to help people manage their weight loss – from checking their BMI, to getting access to free support tools including the NHS 12-week weight loss plan.
The NHS 12-week weight loss plan, available via a new app, promotes evidence based safe and sustainable weight loss. It helps users to make healthier choices, by providing the most up to date evidence based healthy eating and physical activity advice in a magazine format that enables them to keep track of their calorie intake, portions of fruit and veg, physical activity level and teaches skills to prevent weight gain.
Alongside the free NHS 12-week plan, PHE is also working with a number of well-known weight management providers that will be offering exclusive discounts across their weight loss programmes. Partners include, WW Weight Watchers reimagined, Slimming World and Get Slim, get healthy. For full details of these offers and to find out about other Better Health partners, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/better-health
People living with obesity are twice as likely to be hospitalised with Covid-19 and are more likely to be admitted to intensive care, require advanced treatment and potentially have poorer outcomes, including mortality.
To be a healthy weight, you should aim to have a BMI below 25 and above 18.5 and NICE recommends that Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME) should aim to have a BMI below 23 and above 18.5.