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The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme is for people living with obesity who also have either diabetes, or hypertension or both.
Professor Jonathan Valabhji, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity said,
“The NHS Long-Term plan committed the NHS to a stronger focus in preventing illness and reducing the serious health concerns that people living with obesity can experience, including the higher risks of more severe outcomes with Covid.
“The new NHS Digital Weight Management Programme will offer online access to weight management services for tens of thousands of people living with obesity who also have diabetes or hypertension or both, with a strong focus on reducing health inequalities, improving quality of life and longer term health outcomes ”.
People wishing to participate in the NHS Digital Weight Management Programme will need to be referred by their GP practice. They will need to have a BMI greater than 30, and have diabetes or high blood pressure, or both. The BMI threshold will be lower at 27.5 for people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, as people from these groups are at an increased risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes at a lower BMI.
The 12-week programme is accessible through a smartphone or computer with internet access.