Overweight doctors and nurses are to be offered free Slimming World classes as part of a drive by the NHS to “practise what we preach”.Offer away! What are you going to do if they don’t take up the offer, though?
Simon Stevens, the NHS chief executive, was expected to outline the plans to encourage staff to lose weight in a speech on Monday, The Daily Telegraph reported. He was due to say that “intensive lifestyle change interventions” had been showed to have a dramatic effect on weight-related health issues.
“For over a decade we’ve known that obesity prevention cuts diabetes and saves lives,” he will say.
“If these results were from a pill we’d doubtless be popping it, but instead this programme succeeds by supporting people to lose weight, exercise and eat better.”Assuming they want and desire that support. What if they don’t? When does the offer become the one you can’t refuse?
Mr Stevens will add that “practising what we preach” would help tackle the current obesity crisis, which has seen the UK become the second fattest country in Europe.I’ve got a better idea. How about the NHS stops worrying about stuff like this? For its staff, and for the public?