Slimming World taking discussions about obesity to the heart of Westminster
The UK’s largest group-based weight-loss organisation Slimming World is this week hosting a roundtable event and Parliamentary Reception at the Houses of Parliament.
Throughout the day MPs, Peers, health professionals and other industry experts will come together to debate ways in which the obesity epidemic can be effectively tackled and how help can be provided to the millions of people it already affects.
The roundtable event will include discussions on body image and self-esteem, how health professionals can sensitively raise the issue of weight with their patients, and why it is vitally important to do so, and who should be responsible for commissioning weight management services. Participants include representatives from the Royal College of General Practitioners, Public Health England, the Royal College of Nursing and the Local Government Association.
The roundtable event will be followed by a Parliamentary Reception hosted by The Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE. Andrew Selous MP, co-chair of the All Party Group on Obesity and member of the Health Select Committee, will speak at the event and he will be joined on the platform by two Slimming World members. Jodie Rigby-Mee, who has maintained her weight loss of 6st for more than a decade, and Charlotte Randall, who lost 4st 10lbs to become Slimming World’s Young Slimmer of the Year, will talk about their own weight-loss journeys to raise awareness of the help and support available for those living with obesity.
Jenny Caven, Head of External Affairs at Slimming World, says: “Obesity is a serious public health epidemic which threatens to overwhelm our health service. We feel it's vitally important to engage MPs and politicians in the work we undertake and the support we offer to helping people lead healthier lives. Every week we support and encourage nearly a million members to lose weight through a nutritious and balanced diet, in groups, directly in their communities, and online.
“The pressure weight related conditions is having on the health service is astonishing. As a nation, with an ever increasing obesity crisis, we need action and strong leadership in this area. We need to improve the care and support overweight people receive, treating them with respect, empathy and compassion.
Working with Westminster we aim to help develop a better understanding of a range of issues and encourage collaboration and partnership in finding solutions, and raise awareness of the larger role Slimming World is playing.
“Working with Westminster we aim to help develop a better understanding of a range of issues and encourage collaboration and partnership in finding solutions, and raise awareness of the larger role Slimming World is playing.
“The roundtable event brings experts together with our real members who will be sharing their weight-loss journeys, highlighting the success they’ve had following the weight-loss programme and developing new healthy lifestyles. They will be able to talk passionately about their daily challenges: facing a range of issues, such as living with obesity at a young age, living with a variety of health conditions directly associated with being overweight, and maintaining a healthy weight during pregnancy.”
The reception and roundtable discussions will conclude with calls to action that Slimming World would like to see developed and taken further, with the aim of supporting even more people throughout the UK living with obesity by helping them to lose weight, improve health outcomes and achieve their dreams.
About Slimming World
Slimming World was founded by Margaret Miles-Bramwell (OBE, FRSA) in 1969. There are now more than 18,000 weekly groups supporting 900,000 members across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Groups are run by a network of 5,000 community-based Slimming World Consultants, who receive specific training in the role of diet and physical activity in weight management, as well as sophisticated behaviour-change techniques. Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, Food Optimising, is based on the science of satiety and energy density. Our phased activity programme, Body Magic, eases members into activity until it becomes an intrinsic part of their daily routine. The principles behind Slimming World’s philosophy are based on a deep understanding of the challenges faced by overweight people and recognition that those who struggle with weight carry a double burden, the weight itself and a burden of guilt and shame about their weight. Slimming World’s programme integrates practical, up-to-date advice with a highly developed support system based on care and compassion, and Consultant training focuses on facilitating behaviour change in a warm and friendly group environment. Consultant training is delivered through the Slimming World Academy. Slimming World also invests in a comprehensive research programme to develop its support for long-term weight management. The group support provided by Slimming World is recognised as effective by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the NHS.
For more information about Slimming World’s approach visit www.slimmingworld.co.uk or call 0344 897 8000. Follow Slimming World on Twitter at www.twitter.com/slimmingworld or become a Slimming World fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/slimmingworld
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