Responding to the launch of the Government’s obesity strategy, Dr Layla McCay, director at the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:
“Helping people to improve their health and wellbeing are welcome and will ultimately reduce the burden on NHS services in any circumstances. That is especially true during the pandemic when the measures have the potential to help reduce the severity of the virus.
“However, we recognise that benefits will mostly be long term and the Government will need to continue to support services and their staff during what is expected to be a challenging period. It will be particularly important to recognise any additional workload on primary care.
“As we await further detail, we hope the Government’s strategy will also recognise and address the role of inequality where obesity and COVID-19 interact.”