New campaign launch reveals six major health benefits to losing weight

New Better Health campaign offers free support and guidance to people working towards a healthier weight.
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Over 3 in 5 adults are overweight and at risk

Being overweight means an increased risk from serious diseases and becoming very ill with COVID-19 as a result of being overweight. The benefits of losing weight include preventing up to 12 types of cancers and stopping back pain.

A new Better Health campaign has been launched to help people prevent these risks by working with 15 weight management and physical activity partners who are providing both free and discounted offers.

The campaign highlights the serious health conditions which could be prevented by losing excess weight and offers free support and guidance to achieve this goal.

Losing just 5% of body weight can reduce the chance of heart disease and could make all the difference in preventing treatable heart conditions.

What are the six benefits of losing weight?

Six benefits that could have a lasting impact on your health by being a healthier weight:

  • Decreased risk of common cancers (colon, liver, pancreas, kidney)
  • Lowered risk of increased blood pressure
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Less risk of developing diabetes
  • Less strain from chronic back and joint pain
  • Decreased risk of being hospitalised or becoming seriously ill with COVID-19
January is a great time of the year for making resolutions and I hope that people can use this as a kick start moment to be more active and eat healthier – especially when losing body weight can have such a positive impact on our health, including reducing the chance of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19.
— Public Health Minister Maggie Throup

The help on offer

Better Health has lots of free tips and tools to help people get started if they want to lose weight, eat better or get active; and the site can help you find additional weight loss support. Free, local weight management services are provided by most local authorities. 
Visit the Better Health website to find out more.

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