'Fat test' to tackle obesity
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Published Date: 13 April 2009
Overweight people in Wigan will be called to their GP for a 'fat test' in a new drive to beat obesity.
Following the Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives: One Year On report, anyone aged between 40 and 74 will be called in to their GP for a health check and prescribed weight management and exercise plan if they are found to be overweight.
The NHS Health Checks will involve taking height and weight measurements and plotting body mass index, aiming to identify an individual's risk of heart disease, stroke, type two diabetes and kidney disease.
The borough is already ahead of the new proposals by introducing the Lose Weight, Feel Great programme.
In conjunction with the Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Primary Care Trust, the programme offers support and advice about healthy living.
A spokesman for ALW PCT said: "The Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives: One Year On report sets out a number of priorities for the future including the beginning of the roll-out of NHS Health Checks for 40-74 year olds during the next 12 months.