A weight off your mind – background
In England nearly 65% of adults are classed as obese. In the North East this is even higher.
People with lived experience of mental health conditions and those with learning disabilities are at an increased risk of premature morbidity, dying up to twenty years sooner than the general population. It is thought that two thirds of these deaths are from avoidable physical illnesses that are linked with unhealthy lifestyles including poor diet and low levels of physical activity.
At TEWV we are committed to tackling health inequalities and have been working with colleagues from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, the Northern Clinical Network, Public Health England, local authorities and Teesside University, as well as service users and carers to develop a regional weight management plan which aims to address the needs of those in our care.
Part of our commitment is to make sure people have access to evidence and information to achieve and maintain healthy weight. You can find a range of useful resources by following the links below:
Concerned about your weight?
If you are concerned about your weight and feel like you need help to adopt a healthy lifestyle, your GP or care team will be able to provide additional support and guidance. Local weight management groups can also be helpful and provide you with a network of support to help you on your journey. Resources such as Wellbeing for Life can put you in touch with a health trainer for one to one support.
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