Virtual Public Engagement Seminar:

A Holistic Approach to the Management of Obesity’

Held online on Saturday, 25th September 2021


The seminar on Obesity, reported on below, organised by the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing (NFHW), has attracted over 11,000 visitors since its first showing on September 25th.

Professor Romesh Gupta OBE, Chair of NFHW said today

“It is a great pleasure to announce that our latest on-line seminar has attracted such great interest. To achieve over 11,000 viewers in the first few days confirms the significance of obesity as a major issue of national health concern. Taken with the success of our previous online seminars, it also suggests that our strategy to beat coronavirus restrictions by developing online events is succeeding beyond all expectations.”

Obesity in the UK is universally accepted to be a major threat putting at risk the health and wellbeing of much of the UK population. This event, organised by NFHW to help address the problem, forms part of its current programme of online activities. It provides a unique opportunity for all those facing the dangers of obesity whether as health professionals, public policy makers, service providers etc. or as personally challenged individuals, to become aware of the range of potential solutions available. These solutions arise from a wide range of complementary perspectives and this holistic approach, the organisers believe, is likely to offer the best foundation for the development of effective responses to this national emergency. 


The Seminar was first shown on YouTube at 1400h BST on Saturday 25th September 2021. A full recording of the proceedings can be accessed by visiting the link:


  • introduction – Professor Cathy Jackson, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences UCLAN.
  • Welcome – Professor Romesh Gupta OBE, Chair, National Forum for Health and Wellbeing
  • Setting the Scene – Dr Rajeev Gupta, Consultant Paediatrician, Barnsley Hospital NHS Trust
  • Complications of Obesity – Professor Pappachan Joseph, Consultant Endocrinologist and Research Lead in Endocrinology at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Yoga and Obesity – Dr Deepak Arogya and Sam Poddar
  • Principles of Weight Loss – Dr Prachur Agrawal and Dr Monika Agrawal
  • The Ayurvedic Approach – Mr Ravi Bhanot MBE, Researcher and practitioner in Ayurvedic medicine
  • A Public Health Perspective – Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Lifestyle Interventions – Professor Ambar Basu, Consultant Physician in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Metabolism and General Medicine – Acute Adult Care Division, Royal Bolton Hospital
  • Ideas for a Healthy Diet – Sarah Mills, Health Coach and Be-well Leader
  • Hypnotherapy and Weight Loss – Charlotte Pettley, Practising Hypnotherapist
  • Weight loss stories from Jaspreet Singh and Somesh Thakur
  • Bariatric Surgery – Professor Siba Senapati, Head of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Services at Salford Royal University Teaching Hospital
  • A Digital Weight Management Programme – Mark Davis, Second Nature NHS Partnerships Manager

MORE to COME – Holistic Approaches to Obesity PART TWO

Additional video presentations on obesity which for a variety of reasons could not be included in the main programme will be published on YouTube shortly to form Part Two of the seminar. Details will be announced on our website:

or to receive email notification please send the message OBESITY 2 to:


NFHW gratefully acknowledges the support and encouragement of all the individuals and organisations involved in the preparation and presentation of this seminar. This collaboration, so freely and enthusiastically given, is at the heart of our work to enhance individual and community health and wellbeing. Our heartfelt thanks to all our supporters.


A Holistic Approach to the Management of Obesity’ is the third in our web-based programme of public information and educational seminars on contemporary topics which were Introduced to replace traditional face-to-face events during the COVID 19 pandemic. The series has proved to be extremely popular, and each seminar has attracted many thousands of viewers and generated much helpful and supportive comment.

As a result of this positive reception, we are planning to develop our online offering as a complement to the traditional programme which will be reintroduced as soon as circumstances permit.

As we plan for future virtual events, we would be delighted to hear from you and have your comments on our programme to date and ideas for future activities. If you have any suggestions that might help us enhance our offerings or possible topics for further seminars or if you would like to be included on our mailing list, please do let us know by contacting our secretary: