Weight Management Services and Pathways
Global obesity rates have tripled since 1975, and the UK ranks among the worst in Europe. Obesity and poor diet are linked with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and increased risk of respiratory, musculoskeletal, and liver diseases. People living with obesity are also at increased risk of certain cancers, including being three times more likely to develop colon cancer.
With children, obesity levels in Coventry are higher than the England average, with around 22% of Reception children and 41.1% of Year 6 children classed as overweight and/or obese. Within Warwickshire, 21.3% of Reception children and 35.9% of Year 6 children are classed as overweight and/or obese.
Nationally, nearly two-thirds of adults in England are overweight or obese. 65.3% of Coventry adults and 66.2% Warwickshire adults (aged 18+) were classified as overweight or obese.
Coventry and Warwickshire ICB are committed to supporting residents and Health Professionals access weight management services for those living with obesity. There are a range of commissioned weight management services available for residents across Coventry and Warwickshire, such as:
- National Digital Weight Management Programme
- Tier 2 services for both children and adults (community based lifestyle weight management) – commissioned by Local Authorities
- Tier 3 (Specialist Weight Management)
- Tier 4 (Bariatric surgery)
- Community Dietetics
All weight management services are free and require the patient to participate in regular sessions, ranging from 7 weeks to 12 months. Furthermore, behaviour change techniques underpin all services to provide the patient with the knowledge, skill, and opportunity to learn and undertake positive behaviour changes to their lifestyle.
Health Professional Resources
Coventry and Warwickshire's system weight management group have developed local weight management pathways for health professionals to raise awareness of the choices of services available and support and make referrals. The pathways include services for children and adults from universal support through to more specialist support.
To access the resources, please see below.