The NFHW has organised its next public engagement seminar on Saturday, 25th September 2021 at 2.00 pm. The topic of this free, virtual, open access seminar is

‘A Holistic Approach to the Management of Obesity’

There can be no doubt that the increasing prevalence of obesity in the UK is a major and growing problem. It is a concern not only for health professionals but also for all those; educators, public service administrators, members of voluntary organisations and the like, who plan for and support the development of healthy individuals, families and communities.

The Department of Health and Social Security Policy paper – Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives, published in July 2020 makes disturbing reading,

“Tackling obesity is one of the greatest long-term health challenges this country faces. Today, around two-thirds (63%) of adults are above a healthy weight, and of these half are living with obesity. . . . We have 1 in 3 children leaving primary school who are already overweight or living with obesity

Obesity is associated with reduced life expectancy. It is a risk factor for a range of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, at least 12 kinds of cancer, liver and respiratory disease and obesity can impact on mental health.

Our country’s rates of obesity are storing up future problems for individuals and our NHS. But worryingly, there is now consistent evidence that people who are overweight or living with obesity who contract coronavirus (COVID-19) are more likely to be admitted to hospital, to an intensive care unit and, sadly to die from COVID-19 compared to those of a healthy body weight status.”

With these issues in mind the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing (NFHW) has chosen to devote this, the third event in its ongoing series of public information and educational seminars to the theme ‘Perspectives on Obesity.

The event, aimed at both lay and professional audiences, will include presentations including case studies from:

Professor Romesh Gupta OBE, Chair, National Forum for Health and Wellbeing

Professor Ambar Basu, Consultant Physician in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Metabolism and General Medicine – Acute Adult Care Division, Royal Bolton Hospital

Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Mr Rabindra Bhanot MBE, Researcher and practitioner in Ayurvedic medicine

Dr Rajeev Gupta, Consultant Paediatrician, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Pappachan Joseph, Consultant Endocrinologist and Research Lead in Endocrinology at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Adrian O’Hara, Lecturer in Physiology, School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire

Professor Siba Senapati, Head of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Services at Salford Royal University Teaching Hospital

Sarah Mills, Health Coach and Be well Leader 30 days Fitness and Mindful eating

Jaswinder Singh, “My weight loss journey – what ultimately worked”

Somesh Thakur, Keto diet and weight loss experience

Sam Poddar, Yoga and weight loss experience

Mark Davies, Obesity Researcher and NHS Partnerships Manager

The Seminar is free to attend, and prior registration is not required.

To join us on September 25th please login to the address below and scroll down to the LINK to the Seminar. NO PRIOR REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Commences 2.00pm (BST)

We look forward to welcoming you then.