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The latest ‘Better Health’ campaign encourages adults to lose excess weight, eat more healthily and get active.

It offers free and evidence-based, tools, support and guidance to those working towards a healthier weight. There are a variety of NHS-endorsed apps to help people introduce changes that will help them eat better and get active, including the newly updated NHS Weight Loss Plan app.

New research suggests that those who used and followed the NHS Weight Loss Plan app over 12 weeks reported
a loss on average of almost a stone (5.8kg).

A nationwide survey of more than 5,000 adults revealed that over 4 in 10 (41%) adults in England say they have put on weight since the first lockdown in March 2020.

A nationwide survey of more than 5,000 adults revealed that over (41%) adults in England say they have put on weight since the first lockdown in March 2020

Almost over half a stone (4.1kg) was gained on average by those who put on weight, with 1 in 5 (21%) reporting putting on a stone or more. In adults aged 35-65 years, the average weight gain was over 10lbs (4.6kg).

These findings show the extent that lockdowns have impacted people’s eating and physical activity. Unhealthy eating habits, like snacking and comfort eating, were reported as the main contributor during the pandemic for nearly half (46%) of those who reported gaining weight.

A high proportion (89%) of adults who said they gained weight since March 2020 said it was important for them to introduce new healthy habits, with nearly half (49%) saying they would like to have a healthier diet.

Dr Alison Tedstone, a leading nutritionist, said: “We know how hard it can be to lose weight and keep it off – so, we are providing a range of support options to help motivate people and help them maintain a healthy weight. It’s never too late to make changes to help improve your health. Visit the Better Health website for ideas and support that is right for you and you can seek support from your local weight management service.”

As part of the campaign, TV presenter and actress Linda Robson has talked about her experience with weight gain and unhealthy habits over lockdown. Having gained some weight since the start of the pandemic, Linda is looking to eat more healthily with the help of the Better Health apps.

Linda said: “I can definitely relate to having slipped a bit during lockdowns – in fact I actually gained over a stone myself! People shouldn’t feel guilty for having put on weight – we’ve all had to just try and get through it the best we can. However, I want to get my health on track and look to lose some weight. I know it can feel hard, but the Better Health apps are a great place to start, I’ve started eating some of the Better Health recipes – they are dead easy to do and taste great!”

Better Health is also working in partnership with a number of weight management and physical activity partners who are providing both free and exclusive discounted offers.

Work is also taking place with local authorities to provide weight management support to those who need it.

Search ‘Better Health’ or visit nhs.uk/betterhealth for free tools and support to start leading a healthier lifestyle today.

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