The recent news that hospital admissions where obesity is a factor is on a sharp incline is increasingly worrying.
With more pressure on the NHS than ever before it is absolutely vital that problems such as obesity, which are inherently avoidable, are tackled at the source allowing health professionals time to focus on real issues.
We have many health activities taking place on our sites across the country and we know they make a difference to people's health and well-being, both physical and mental.
The answer to this problem is a simple one: more time spent outdoors in attractive green spaces.
There are plenty of places out there already but we also need government to recognise that sustainable investment in green space is a worthwhile one, will improve people's lifestyles and will have a positive impact, not just on the spiralling costs of the NHS, but also on the UK economy as a whole.
Hospital admissions where obesity is a factor increased by nearly 20% last year, NHS figures reveal. The latest annual statistics on obesity from NHS Digital have shown there was an 18% increase in admissions where obesity was recorded as either a primary or secondary diagnosis in 2016/17. In 2015/16, the figure stood at 525,000 and last year it increased to 617,000. Out of the admissions recorded last year, 10,705 had obesity recorded as the main cause — an increase on 9,929 in 2015/16. The figures revealed that women are particularly affected. Around two thirds of the admissions where obesity was recorded as either a primary or secondary diagnosis in 2016/17 were for women. They also showed the prevalence of obesity almost doubles for women in the most deprived areas (38%) compared to the least deprived areas (20%).