New bid to tackle obesity

Choose to Change clients (Dale Bones, Linda Wood, Michael Underwood and Robert Caddick) who as a group have lost 55.8kg (more than 8 stone!).
Choose to Change clients (Dale Bones, Linda Wood, Michael Underwood and Robert Caddick) who as a group have lost 55.8kg (more than 8 stone!).
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New figures have laid bare the stark reality of obesity in Blackpool – with residents encouraged to get fit to fight the flab.

As part of National Obesity Week which launched this week, residents across the resort are being invited to lose weight with a series of programmes run in partnership with Blackpool Council.

The programmes organised by ABL Health in Bispham are designed to support people to make small, realistic changes to their food and drink intake and their activity levels.

It comes as figures obesity figures revealed more than a quarter of adults in the resort are clinically obese, with a further quarter of the population overweight.

Michelle Naylor, of ABL Health said: “It is well documented that Blackpool typically has poorer health outcomes than other towns and cities both regionally and nationally.

“Physical activity levels among the adult population in Blackpool are significantly worse than the England average and Blackpool has much higher rates of diseases of the circulatory system (CVD) than the North West and England and Wales.”

Other figures show Blackpool has the lowest life expectance in England with people living on average 73.6 years, while there are 40 fast food shops in the resort for every secondary school.

Mrs Naylor added: “People aged 14 and above can access free weight management programmes that run in venues across the town.

“The programmes; Choose to Change, Energise Blackpool and Energise Teens support people to make small, realistic changes to their food and drink intake and their activity levels.

“It provides nutritional and physical activity support and advice to help people make healthier lifestyle choices and lose weight and keep it off.

“In addition to these services, ABL Health is working with local businesses to improve the health and wellbeing of staff within workplaces and is also working with local food outlets (including takeaways) to reduce the fat, sugar and salt content of food and promote healthier choices to the public.”

To find out which programme is right for you or to sign up to one of the Healthier Blackpool awards, call (01253) 655 110 or email blackpool@ablhealth.co.uk