Mel Stride MP has lent his support to a Public Health England campaign to encourage adults across the nation to lose excess weight, eat more healthily and get active. It was launched in response to a nationwide survey which revealed 41% of adults in England have put on weight since the first lockdown in 2020.
Almost over half a stone (4.1kg) was gained on average by those who put on weight, with 1 in 5 reporting putting on a stone or more. In adults aged 35 to 65 years old, the average weight gain for those who put on weight rose to over 10lbs (4.6kg).
Anyone wanting to lose weight and become more active can access free evidence-based support and guidance through a variety of NHS endorsed apps, including the newly updated NHS Weight Loss Plan App. Those who follow the app over 12 weeks report an average weight loss of almost a stone.
Mr Stride said:
“Many people found the pandemic lockdowns very difficult and this often manifested itself in unhealthy eating habits. For others, it was the disruption to team sports or exercise classes that they relied on for keeping weight off. I would encourage anyone who is determined to lose weight and wants help on the best way to go about it to visit www.nhs.uk/better-health.”
The website is also useful for anyone who wants to stop smoking, reduce the amount of alcohol they drink or take better care of their mental health.