Weight loss center for obese children

The 15 NHS clinics will become treatment centers for children aged 2-18 who are severely overweight.

These centers have the capacity to receive about 1,000 children a year. The cost of treatment per patient is £6,000.

Here, teenagers are screened to determine the cause of their weight gain before a treatment plan is developed. Children also have sessions with psychologists, nutritionists, social workers and pediatricians, to promote weight loss and address disease complications, if any.

More than 2.5 million British children are now overweight, a fifth of whom start gaining weight by the time they finish primary school.

Thousands of severely obese children will be sent to NHS “slim camps”, in a drastic measure to combat rising obesity rates. Photo: Dailymail

NHS chiefs hope the centers will help overweight children prevent health problems. Statistics show that obesity-related diseases cost the NHS up to £6 billion a year.

Amanda Pritchard, chief executive of the NHS, said the Covid-19 pandemic had exacerbated obesity as many young people were forced to stay indoors and eat uncontrollably.

Last year, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also launched an anti-obesity strategy for children with separate regulations for junk food advertising. Accordingly, food and confectionery manufacturers are prohibited from advertising products rich in fat, sugar and salt from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Minh Phuong (According to Dailymail)


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