Wiltshire’s plan to tackle obesity: have your say

Residents are being asked to have their say on Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) plan to tackle the issue of obesity in the county.

Obesity impacts on everyone, so the council and CCG are keen to hear from as many people as possible to get their feedback on this draft strategy ahead of the consultation deadline on 30 April.

In Wiltshire, 29.3% of children aged 10 to 11 years old are overweight or obese, along with 63.6% of adults.

The draft strategy is based on feedback from last year’s Wiltshire Obesity Summit and on evidence of what works in preventing and addressing the challenges posed by obesity.

The strategy aims to halt and then reverse the obesity situation in the county, and will complement and build on work already underway to support Wiltshire residents to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Wiltshire Council corporate director Maggie Rae said:
Local communities can play a really important role in preventing obesity and helping everybody to make the healthy choice the first choice.

Obesity is a major issue that can increase the risk of developing a range of diseases and conditions including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and a stroke. We want to ensure that we have a plan in place that will make a difference which results in not only a healthier population, but a happier one too.”

Wiltshire Council's cabinet member for public health, Keith Humphries, said:
“Obesity is a nationwide problem and one we are tackling head on here in Wiltshire. Having a local obesity problem has a significant negative impact on health and wellbeing so it’s important we do everything we can now to prevent it from happening.

“I hope people take the time out to comment on our strategy as their feedback will play a vital role in developing and implementing the strategy.”

Dr Peter Jenkins, Chair, NHS Wiltshire CCG, said:
“Wiltshire’s ever increasing waistline is placing real pressure on the NHS. Diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and even cancer can all be directly linked to obesity. Our joint obesity strategy is designed to encourage individuals to take personal responsibility for their health. To make those lifestyle changes that will help people to live longer, healthier lives and as a direct consequence reduce the associated cost to the NHS.”

To take part in the consultation, click here.