The importance of avoiding obesity has never been more apparent than it is today. According to Simon Stevens, the CEO of NHS England, obesity is the new smoking. He says, “It is a slow motion car crash in terms of avoiding illness and rising health care costs.”
The size of the current and future obesity problem in the UK
There can be no doubt that obesity here in the UK has reached epidemic proportions. The International Journal of Obesity is a “must-read” publication. It clearly expounds the dangers and consequences of the current obesity crisis.
The importance of avoiding obesity is not just for heart health
We all know that being overweight contributes to poor heart health. However, the importance of avoiding obesity is also significant when it comes down to other conditions and illnesses including:
- Musculoskeletal disorders
Estimates carried out in 2006/7 suggest that obesity costs the NHS over £5.1 billion per annum. This compares to only £3.3 billion associated with effects of smoking. This explains Simon Stevens’ comment about obesity being the new smoking.
The walk-in well-man and well-woman clinics operated by Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall
These clinics are not just geared at gender specific diseases. They also support and offer advice with problems such as obesity and smoking. These are both conditions that can have a profound adverse effect of your health and well-being.
If you live and/or work here in the City of London, you can take full advantage of our walk-in service here at London Wall. We are only a stone’s throw away from The Barbican and Moorgate tube station.
If you prefer to phone ahead to make a same day (or later appointment) you can do so by phoning 020 7638 4330.