Removing funding from weight management services is a concerning backtrack from Government. The scale of the obesity challenge facing the UK is significant, and we need a response to match. Weight management services play a crucial role in this response.
The services created by the initial funding announcement have only just got off the ground, and they are already being cut. This is unfortunately another case of ‘short-termism’, where services that deliver long-term benefits are sacrificed for short-term savings. This is extremely short-sighted. Removing support from people will undermine the Government’s stated commitment to address health inequalities.