The East Midlands Academic Health Science Network Why Weight? Project finished in March 2017.

Increasing obesity in our populations is the largest preventable cause of major disease, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, liver disease and cancer.

In the East Midlands, 66% of the population is overweight. The problem is greater in socially disadvantaged and minority communities, making inequalities in health worse, with 20- 30% variation in obesity rates across the region.

The Why Weight? Project aims to improve patient access, experience, referral routes and pathways for adult obesity prevention and care by accelerating the use of evidence based interventions, best practice and innovations across the region.

The project team is working with commissioners, providers, Public Health England and other stakeholders in obesity prevention and care services in the East Midlands to develop current practice with recommendations for evidence based best practice. This will inform and enable the development or enhancement of obesity prevention and care pathways to ensure they are tailored to local contexts and reflect current best practice.

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The Why Weight? obesity team have recently produced a pdfsynthesis of UK evidence based recommendations for adult obesity prevention and treatment for service improvement and implementation.

It is a user-friendly summary of multiple sets of, often overlapping, relevant guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Public Health England and other sources. It has been produced in response to consultation with stakeholders in the East Midlands, many of whom are newly tasked with commissioning, delivering and evaluating public health services in their localities.

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