Sheffield has a population of 450,000 and it is estimated that approximately 24% are obese, slightly higher than the national average. A further 34% are estimated as being overweight. Information from local doctors suggests that around 10,000 adults in Sheffield have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40. Evidence also shows that obesity can lead to other illnesses such as coronary heart disease, Type II Diabetes and joint problems. As a result, obesity is a significant health problem for Sheffield.
In the past, there was only the option of surgery as an alternative option for people who had tried to lose weight but had been unsuccessful. As a result, Weigh Ahead has been introduced to bridge this gap and offer a programme of intensive, personal support.
People now have the following options:
This includes approaches which aim to prevent weight gain and help people who are overweight and obese up to a BMI of 39. An example of this is a commercial weight loss club.
Weigh Ahead will form tier two for people with a BMI over 40. This service employs a team of professionals who are able to assess and support individuals through an intensive 12 week weight management programme. The service is provided free as part of the NHS.
Hospital based obesity surgery. This will be considered for individuals who have been unsuccessful following Tier one and Tier two options.