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Weight loss partnership helps almost 70% of participants with weight loss

Monday, April 29, 2019

In the week that Glasgow is hosting the European Congress on Obesity, new figures show that almost 70% of people completing a dedicated weight loss programme through the health board have lost five per cent or more of their body weight.

Results show 68% of people who completed a 12 week course lost ≥5% of initial weight - an average weight loss was 4.5kg. Participants who completed the initial course were able to attend further courses where the average weight loss was 12.1kg.

The programme, run in partnership with WW, the new Weight Watchers, encompasses healthy eating, physical activity and positive mindset alongside online support including access to the WW programme via an app, online coaches and a social member network community.

The outcomes support the national priority in Scotland to challenge the current norm of being overweight or obese - 65% of adults are overweight /29% obese - with a vision for a Scotland where everyone eats well and has a healthy weight. 

Anna Baxendale, head of Health Improvement, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “Tackling obesity is a key priority for us.

“Research has identified being overweight or obese in Scotland is the single biggest risk factor for cancer after smoking and is linked to 13 types of cancer, including the most common, breast and bowel.

“We are pleased with the excellent weight loss results for those patients referred to WW. By expanding this service to allow GPs and hospital referrals we have been able offer an increased number of patients support though our weight management services. 

“These are aimed at supporting behaviour change; improving diet and physical activity and help protect from some of the weight related diseases in our communities.” 

Case study

Name – Maria Lowther

Age – 46

Lives – Springhall – Glasgow

Start Weight – 21st 0lbs

Current Weight – 13st 1.5 lbs

Start/Current Clothes Size – 22/14 

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has changed my life completely, and turned it around for the better. 

Thank you to my GP and all the staff at Crail Medical Practise in Tollcross. Without the referral to join WW (the new Weight Watchers), I would still have been off sick from work, unable to get out and about and live my life. 

I am no longer on my anxiety tablets, and my stomach meds have also been reduced. 

I have stopped being a frequent and regular visitor to my GP, so now am happy knowing that I have saved space in the practise, and also saved money with my reduced medications, and hospital visits. 

To any other NHSGGC patients thinking about being referred, if I can do it anyone can do it.

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Last Updated: 11 November 2021