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Free Weight Watchers or Slimming World classes for Bexley obese

PUBLISHED: 17:12 04 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:12 04 September 2014

Obese Bexley residents can now be referred to slimming clubs

Obese Bexley residents can now be referred to slimming clubs

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Patients will require a referral from their GP

A new weight management service for obese adults will be introduced in Bexley from next month.

The new service will be accessed through a GP referral and will provide support to those people who need to lose weight and need help to maintain a healthier weight.

Two nationally recognised providers, Slimming World and Weight Watchers, have won the contract to provide the service. They will accept referrals from local GPs for free access to weekly classes for 12 weeks.

Bexley’s director of public health, Dr Nada Lemic said: “It is no secret that obesity is a problem for adults in Bexley.

“Our figures are currently among the highest in London. Obesity can lead to a range of other illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.

“This new service is designed to capture and support those residents who could do with a helping hand to start them on the road to weight loss before it’s too late. I’m delighted that we are going to be working with such renowned weight loss organisations and I look forward to seeing real results.”

Eligible patients will be asked to choose either Slimming World or Weight Watchers.

They will not be able to access the service if they are pregnant, or breastfeeding, have an eating disorder, have an underlying medical cause for obesity and would benefit from more intensive clinical management, have significant co-morbidity or complex needs as identified by their GP or other healthcare professionals, have a Body Mass Index of less than 30 or who have previously self-funded sessions with either Slimming World or Weight Watchers in six months prior to referral or are under the age of 16.

The weight loss programme will be subject to regular monitoring. It is set to run in Bexley for two years from September 1.

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