The Health Survey for England 2018 revealed that nearly two thirds (63%) of adults in the UK are overweight or living with obesity, and more than half the population have found it harder to stay healthy in lockdown. Results from a snapshot of Slimming World’s Health and Wellbeing study also found that nearly two in three UK adults have found it more difficult to manage their weight during the pandemic. The study showed that eating habits and activity levels had been affected, with 39% saying they’re less active, 33% saying they’re eating more sugary foods and 17% drinking more alcohol.
Paul Sharpe, Head of Partnerships at Slimming World, said: “We’ve been delighted to partner with PHE in this campaign, the Government’s response to the evidence that shows carrying extra weight makes it harder for the body to fight COVID-19. Now our members and Consultants are coming back together in-person, we’re delighted to be able to offer people the chance to join one of our warm and friendly groups with no joining fee.
“So, there’s no better time to start afresh when it comes to developing new lifelong healthy habits around food and activity. We know that when you lose weight, you’re already doing one of the very best things you can to future-proof your health, and with 50 years of experience Slimming World is perfectly placed to help people by addressing the psychological barriers to successful long term weight loss.”