Targeting obesity in Thurrock

riceHEALTH professions from across Thurrock came together on Thursday (5 December) to discuss one of the major issues facing the borough – obesity.

The day-long event at The Beehive in Grays was launched by Thurrock Council’s health portfolio holder, Cllr Barbara Rice who admitted she had a personal interest in the current priority, Healthy Weight Management.

Speaking afterwards, Cllr Rice said: “The Healthy Weight Management Workshop brought together people from a wide variety of agencies to talk through ways to tackle the rising figures of overweight and obese children and adults in our borough.”

More than 28 per cent of adults in Thurrock are obese, significantly above the national and regional figures.

Cllr Rice said: “This is worrying as we know even moderate obesity reduces life expectancy by an average of three years while morbid obesity can cut life expectancy by an average of 10 years.”

She said there are four different tiers of services and the council’s public health team is looking to commission a service for primary care with community interventions, meaning services provided within the community that people could be referred to or they could refer themselves.

Around 60 professionals were at the event which brought out new and constructive ideas around the obesity challenges faced in Thurrock.

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