Gwent facing fat epidemic, with 61% overweight or obese

South Wales Argus: Rates of obesity second highest in Wales Rates of obesity second highest in Wales

GWENT is facing a fat epidemic with 61 per cent of adults in Gwent likely to be overweight or obese, a new study shows.

The Wales-wide study of people’s perceptions of their health found around 280,000 people were overweight or obese.

And according to that study, known as the Welsh Health Survey, one in four, or more than 100,000, Gwent adults (aged 16 and over) are likely to be obese.

The 61 per cent rate for adults overweight and obese, and the 25 per cent rate for adult obesity are the second highest among Wales’ seven health board areas, lower only than Cwm Taf.

The Wales-wide rates are 58 per cent and 22 per cent respectively.

The shocking figures coincide with a sobering report on the availability of services for treating obesity in Wales, which reveals that many patients remain unable to get access to the specialist help they need.

The report, from the assembly’s health and social care committee, includes a stark warning from Gwent expert Dr Nadim Haboubi, who runs Wales’ only specialist obesity clinic – at Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan in Ebbw Vale – who says that without investment, nothing will change for patients, many of whom he describes as “desperate” by the time they are referred to his team.

The Availability of Bariatric Services report is the result of a committee investigation into weight management services in Wales, following claims that implementation of the Welsh Government’s 2010 All Wales Obesity Pathway has been patchy, particularly concerning specialist obesity services.

The pathway sets out an approach to prevention and treatment of obesity in children and adults in Wales, based on community-based prevention and early intervention, through so-called Level One and Two services, and specialist medical and surgical services, or Levels Three and Four.

The Ebbw Vale clinic is Wales’ only Level Three (comprehensive specialist weight management) service and receives referrals from across Gwent and far beyond.

The Royal College of Physicians’ evidence to the committee talked of a “paucity” of Level Three services and a lack of clinical psychology capacity to help patients.

Patients who contributed evidence to the committee cited examples of “significant” waits, and Dr Haboubi told the committee: “The reason why we have so many referrals and such a long waiting list is because there is nobody else and these people are desperate.

“They have tried everything, such as the commercial organisations. They have lost weight before and put it back on again.”

He called their condition “extremely complex” and requiring the expertise of a team, including dieticians and psychologists, as well as physicians.

“There should be a Level Three service in every single health board,” said Dr Haboubi in his committee evidence, quoted in the report.

In his role as chairman of the National Obesity Forum for Wales, he added: “In our opinion, that would have to be centrally commissioned, because if you leave it to the health boards, no-one will put his hand in his pocket to get the money out.

“You produce a document and you have to enforce it. You have to make sure that health boards implement it, whether you (Welsh Government) or they have to provide the resources.”

The committee has made eight recommendations to the Welsh Government to make bariatric services more equitable across Wales.

These include measures to build Level Three provision and consideration of training all for health professionals, across disciplines, on obesity – including causes, treatment, and appropriate pathways.

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9:43am Thu 22 May 14

Mervyn James says...

Lard **** r us, opening up near you... Unfit, fat, unhealthy and demanding the right.
Lard **** r us, opening up near you... Unfit, fat, unhealthy and demanding the right. Mervyn James
  • Score: 3

9:55am Thu 22 May 14

kez1968 says...

We know being obese is bad for you, like smoking and drinking is bad for you, we have known for years we ain't morons, it's our choice to eat and drink what we want, having all these health professionals working on getting us thinner go do something more worthwhile like curing cancer.
We know being obese is bad for you, like smoking and drinking is bad for you, we have known for years we ain't morons, it's our choice to eat and drink what we want, having all these health professionals working on getting us thinner go do something more worthwhile like curing cancer. kez1968
  • Score: -11

10:58am Thu 22 May 14

Raymond Luxury-Yacht says...

Is obesity officially classified as a disease in the UK? Is being fat the same as being sick?
Is obesity officially classified as a disease in the UK? Is being fat the same as being sick? Raymond Luxury-Yacht
  • Score: -1

11:17am Thu 22 May 14

Floppy backed says...

kez1968 wrote:
We know being obese is bad for you, like smoking and drinking is bad for you, we have known for years we ain't morons, it's our choice to eat and drink what we want, having all these health professionals working on getting us thinner go do something more worthwhile like curing cancer.
you what???? Many cancers are caused by obesity, drinking, poor foods choses & smoking didnt you know that??? and before people start barking on about cancer awareness, selfies etc its all a contradiction. Many factors of cancer have already been proved so whatever cures you find for cancers poor lifestyle chose isnt going to stop it.

People have to accept they are in charge of their mouths and to start keeping them shut and also spend some time looking in the mirror! Sugar & carbs are the main problem look in the supermarket so many shelves of utter cr@p what are non-foods not necessary for our lives.

Start concentrating on eating a clean basic diet - which mainly consists of veg, fruit, meat, seeds, berries, fish and some dairy. Pasta, rice, breads, cakes, crisps and sweets should be eaten very very sparsely.

Who pays for peoples poor lifestyle Kez? Us the tax payers....the NHS will not be able to carry the costs in future. Why should people who look after themselves contribute to those who think its not their problem?
[quote][p][bold]kez1968[/bold] wrote: We know being obese is bad for you, like smoking and drinking is bad for you, we have known for years we ain't morons, it's our choice to eat and drink what we want, having all these health professionals working on getting us thinner go do something more worthwhile like curing cancer.[/p][/quote]you what???? Many cancers are caused by obesity, drinking, poor foods choses & smoking didnt you know that??? and before people start barking on about cancer awareness, selfies etc its all a contradiction. Many factors of cancer have already been proved so whatever cures you find for cancers poor lifestyle chose isnt going to stop it. People have to accept they are in charge of their mouths and to start keeping them shut and also spend some time looking in the mirror! Sugar & carbs are the main problem look in the supermarket so many shelves of utter cr@p what are non-foods not necessary for our lives. Start concentrating on eating a clean basic diet - which mainly consists of veg, fruit, meat, seeds, berries, fish and some dairy. Pasta, rice, breads, cakes, crisps and sweets should be eaten very very sparsely. Who pays for peoples poor lifestyle Kez? Us the tax payers....the NHS will not be able to carry the costs in future. Why should people who look after themselves contribute to those who think its not their problem? Floppy backed
  • Score: 10

11:52am Thu 22 May 14

Chartist follower says...

and the strange thing is that Newport Council are delighted that nandos, gourmet burger and a bunch of other fast food places are going to open in Newport......
and the public pick up the increased costs of health care
and the strange thing is that Newport Council are delighted that nandos, gourmet burger and a bunch of other fast food places are going to open in Newport...... and the public pick up the increased costs of health care Chartist follower
  • Score: 11

11:59am Thu 22 May 14

p stani says...

Any chance of some royalties for using my wifes butt.Or maybe some Mcdonalds vouchers.
Any chance of some royalties for using my wifes butt.Or maybe some Mcdonalds vouchers. p stani
  • Score: 15

12:19pm Thu 22 May 14

Walter Devereux says...

Chartist follower wrote:
and the strange thing is that Newport Council are delighted that nandos, gourmet burger and a bunch of other fast food places are going to open in Newport......
and the public pick up the increased costs of health care
Neither of those examples are fast food. You can eat perfectly healthy food in either.
[quote][p][bold]Chartist follower[/bold] wrote: and the strange thing is that Newport Council are delighted that nandos, gourmet burger and a bunch of other fast food places are going to open in Newport...... and the public pick up the increased costs of health care[/p][/quote]Neither of those examples are fast food. You can eat perfectly healthy food in either. Walter Devereux
  • Score: 0

12:31pm Thu 22 May 14

Captain Tripps says...

kez1968 wrote:
We know being obese is bad for you, like smoking and drinking is bad for you, we have known for years we ain't morons, it's our choice to eat and drink what we want, having all these health professionals working on getting us thinner go do something more worthwhile like curing cancer.
Couldn't have put it better myself . Well said Kez .
[quote][p][bold]kez1968[/bold] wrote: We know being obese is bad for you, like smoking and drinking is bad for you, we have known for years we ain't morons, it's our choice to eat and drink what we want, having all these health professionals working on getting us thinner go do something more worthwhile like curing cancer.[/p][/quote]Couldn't have put it better myself . Well said Kez . Captain Tripps
  • Score: -7

12:37pm Thu 22 May 14

Woodgnome says...

Like most with an unhealthy lifestyle - why do the people in denial try and justify it?
Judging from my last reluctant visit - most of the 60% go into Newport on a Saturday afternoon. I hope Friars Walk floors have strengthened floors designed into them to cope with the load.
Like most with an unhealthy lifestyle - why do the people in denial try and justify it? Judging from my last reluctant visit - most of the 60% go into Newport on a Saturday afternoon. I hope Friars Walk floors have strengthened floors designed into them to cope with the load. Woodgnome
  • Score: 4

12:54pm Thu 22 May 14

Bobevans says...

Strange all the Politicians and charities keep screaming Wales is poverty stricken. It appears though that this is not the case. Most Welsh people are stuffing their faces with food. WE are also at the top for the consumption of alcohol and have the highest numbers of smokers
Strange all the Politicians and charities keep screaming Wales is poverty stricken. It appears though that this is not the case. Most Welsh people are stuffing their faces with food. WE are also at the top for the consumption of alcohol and have the highest numbers of smokers Bobevans
  • Score: 1

2:24pm Thu 22 May 14

Baldrobins says...

So what ever happened to 'Fat and happy'? Why do the Gov keep going on about overweight people? Why do they keep trying to invade our personal lives? .... You’re too fat! You can’t smack your kids!.....They are becoming way too intrusive and we must rage against this as eventually they will be too controlling in our ‘free’ lives. I myself am not overweight but if i chose to put on a bit, that is entirely up to me. But this will 'justify' them upping the tax on fizzy drinks and other products that they can associate with weight gain. It’s just another way of getting more tax out of anything we do. How many of our MP's are overweight? I bet around 75% of them are obese.....
So what ever happened to 'Fat and happy'? Why do the Gov keep going on about overweight people? Why do they keep trying to invade our personal lives? .... You’re too fat! You can’t smack your kids!.....They are becoming way too intrusive and we must rage against this as eventually they will be too controlling in our ‘free’ lives. I myself am not overweight but if i chose to put on a bit, that is entirely up to me. But this will 'justify' them upping the tax on fizzy drinks and other products that they can associate with weight gain. It’s just another way of getting more tax out of anything we do. How many of our MP's are overweight? I bet around 75% of them are obese..... Baldrobins
  • Score: 6

3:21pm Thu 22 May 14

Raymond Luxury-Yacht says...

Baldrobins wrote:
So what ever happened to 'Fat and happy'? Why do the Gov keep going on about overweight people? Why do they keep trying to invade our personal lives? .... You’re too fat! You can’t smack your kids!.....They are becoming way too intrusive and we must rage against this as eventually they will be too controlling in our ‘free’ lives. I myself am not overweight but if i chose to put on a bit, that is entirely up to me. But this will 'justify' them upping the tax on fizzy drinks and other products that they can associate with weight gain. It’s just another way of getting more tax out of anything we do. How many of our MP's are overweight? I bet around 75% of them are obese.....
Not to mention all the Lardies in the Welsh Assembly, All aboard the Gravy train!
[quote][p][bold]Baldrobins[/bold] wrote: So what ever happened to 'Fat and happy'? Why do the Gov keep going on about overweight people? Why do they keep trying to invade our personal lives? .... You’re too fat! You can’t smack your kids!.....They are becoming way too intrusive and we must rage against this as eventually they will be too controlling in our ‘free’ lives. I myself am not overweight but if i chose to put on a bit, that is entirely up to me. But this will 'justify' them upping the tax on fizzy drinks and other products that they can associate with weight gain. It’s just another way of getting more tax out of anything we do. How many of our MP's are overweight? I bet around 75% of them are obese.....[/p][/quote]Not to mention all the Lardies in the Welsh Assembly, All aboard the Gravy train! Raymond Luxury-Yacht
  • Score: 3

4:28pm Thu 22 May 14

Caerleonboy says...

Bobevans wrote:
Strange all the Politicians and charities keep screaming Wales is poverty stricken. It appears though that this is not the case. Most Welsh people are stuffing their faces with food. WE are also at the top for the consumption of alcohol and have the highest numbers of smokers
The problem is that the cheapest supermarket foods are often the unhealthiest, so are an easier option for people with less money. Whilst I agree that many people should eat less, supermarkets and big food companies need to cut salt and saturated fat content of ready meals and reduce portion sizes, as well as getting rid of silly "buy one get one free" offers on unhealthy foods so that people buy what they actually want instead of eating twice as much
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: Strange all the Politicians and charities keep screaming Wales is poverty stricken. It appears though that this is not the case. Most Welsh people are stuffing their faces with food. WE are also at the top for the consumption of alcohol and have the highest numbers of smokers[/p][/quote]The problem is that the cheapest supermarket foods are often the unhealthiest, so are an easier option for people with less money. Whilst I agree that many people should eat less, supermarkets and big food companies need to cut salt and saturated fat content of ready meals and reduce portion sizes, as well as getting rid of silly "buy one get one free" offers on unhealthy foods so that people buy what they actually want instead of eating twice as much Caerleonboy
  • Score: 5

5:21pm Thu 22 May 14

Ian (Mac) MacKinlay says...

Chartist follower wrote:
and the strange thing is that Newport Council are delighted that nandos, gourmet burger and a bunch of other fast food places are going to open in Newport......
and the public pick up the increased costs of health care
.


. . . however, the Council did refuse planning permission for the big new gym in the old bowling alley at Spytty,



.
[quote][p][bold]Chartist follower[/bold] wrote: and the strange thing is that Newport Council are delighted that nandos, gourmet burger and a bunch of other fast food places are going to open in Newport...... and the public pick up the increased costs of health care[/p][/quote]. . . . however, the Council did refuse planning permission for the big new gym in the old bowling alley at Spytty, . Ian (Mac) MacKinlay
  • Score: 3

7:13pm Thu 22 May 14

b3talover says...

kez1968 wrote:
We know being obese is bad for you, like smoking and drinking is bad for you, we have known for years we ain't morons, it's our choice to eat and drink what we want, having all these health professionals working on getting us thinner go do something more worthwhile like curing cancer.
Ah, you mean like colon cancer which is caused by obesity? Hey, maybe we could stop people getting colon cancer by preventing obesity? Wouldn't it be funny if a Doctor turned around to you and said "Well it's my choice to treat you or not. You chose to eat too much so I'll give it you a miss today. I'll go treat someone with another type of cancer instead" You reply would no doubt be something like "I pays my taxes like innit"
[quote][p][bold]kez1968[/bold] wrote: We know being obese is bad for you, like smoking and drinking is bad for you, we have known for years we ain't morons, it's our choice to eat and drink what we want, having all these health professionals working on getting us thinner go do something more worthwhile like curing cancer.[/p][/quote]Ah, you mean like colon cancer which is caused by obesity? Hey, maybe we could stop people getting colon cancer by preventing obesity? Wouldn't it be funny if a Doctor turned around to you and said "Well it's my choice to treat you or not. You chose to eat too much so I'll give it you a miss today. I'll go treat someone with another type of cancer instead" You reply would no doubt be something like "I pays my taxes like innit" b3talover
  • Score: 4

7:57pm Thu 22 May 14

bugsy93 says...

A bit of make-up and no one will notice.
A bit of make-up and no one will notice. bugsy93
  • Score: 1

8:35pm Thu 22 May 14

davidcp says...

Tomorrow, let's count the people having an emergency pie at 9am in Cwmbran outside Greggs.
Tomorrow, let's count the people having an emergency pie at 9am in Cwmbran outside Greggs. davidcp
  • Score: 1

8:40pm Thu 22 May 14

Melvyn The Milk says...

Should people who are grossly overweight, such as our smug, offended contributors above, start paying for two seats everywhere instead of one? Wouldn't that be fairer?
Should people who are grossly overweight, such as our smug, offended contributors above, start paying for two seats everywhere instead of one? Wouldn't that be fairer? Melvyn The Milk
  • Score: 0

11:43pm Thu 22 May 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Caerleonboy wrote:
Bobevans wrote:
Strange all the Politicians and charities keep screaming Wales is poverty stricken. It appears though that this is not the case. Most Welsh people are stuffing their faces with food. WE are also at the top for the consumption of alcohol and have the highest numbers of smokers
The problem is that the cheapest supermarket foods are often the unhealthiest, so are an easier option for people with less money. Whilst I agree that many people should eat less, supermarkets and big food companies need to cut salt and saturated fat content of ready meals and reduce portion sizes, as well as getting rid of silly "buy one get one free" offers on unhealthy foods so that people buy what they actually want instead of eating twice as much
You mean obesity is the supermarket's fault and not the mindless pillocks who eat too much? The myth that fatty food costs less is just that, a myth. People will buy a bag of chips at five times the price of a potato.
[quote][p][bold]Caerleonboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: Strange all the Politicians and charities keep screaming Wales is poverty stricken. It appears though that this is not the case. Most Welsh people are stuffing their faces with food. WE are also at the top for the consumption of alcohol and have the highest numbers of smokers[/p][/quote]The problem is that the cheapest supermarket foods are often the unhealthiest, so are an easier option for people with less money. Whilst I agree that many people should eat less, supermarkets and big food companies need to cut salt and saturated fat content of ready meals and reduce portion sizes, as well as getting rid of silly "buy one get one free" offers on unhealthy foods so that people buy what they actually want instead of eating twice as much[/p][/quote]You mean obesity is the supermarket's fault and not the mindless pillocks who eat too much? The myth that fatty food costs less is just that, a myth. People will buy a bag of chips at five times the price of a potato. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 1

12:08am Fri 23 May 14

cymruamblyth says...

Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm certain fresh fruit and Veg is cheaper then Maccy D's. Both Macdonalds and Greggs do a roaring trading and no shortage of Fatties queuing up.. As Woodgnome said earlier I have never saw so many morbidly obese people as in Newport.. I accept that some people do eat healthy but have medical conditions that make them overweight due to know fault of there own

What gets me is when these people get Diabetes they will blame the government for not making them eat healthy
Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm certain fresh fruit and Veg is cheaper then Maccy D's. Both Macdonalds and Greggs do a roaring trading and no shortage of Fatties queuing up.. As Woodgnome said earlier I have never saw so many morbidly obese people as in Newport.. I accept that some people do eat healthy but have medical conditions that make them overweight due to know fault of there own What gets me is when these people get Diabetes they will blame the government for not making them eat healthy cymruamblyth
  • Score: 0

8:50am Fri 23 May 14

Mervyn James says...

I live near a school and parents park outside my door twice or three times a day with their kids, after they have gone we have to remove MacD cartoons, sweet wrappers, half-eaten chocolates, crisps, soft drink bottles and sandwiches, and their mums are sat in the cars in pyjamas smoking. Their kids are grazing from dawn to dusk. Lard **** V the next generation is already here.
I live near a school and parents park outside my door twice or three times a day with their kids, after they have gone we have to remove MacD cartoons, sweet wrappers, half-eaten chocolates, crisps, soft drink bottles and sandwiches, and their mums are sat in the cars in pyjamas smoking. Their kids are grazing from dawn to dusk. Lard **** V the next generation is already here. Mervyn James
  • Score: 3

6:59pm Fri 23 May 14

CatWales says...

kez1968 wrote:
We know being obese is bad for you, like smoking and drinking is bad for you, we have known for years we ain't morons, it's our choice to eat and drink what we want, having all these health professionals working on getting us thinner go do something more worthwhile like curing cancer.
Obesity is the second most common cause of cancer in the UK the after smoking. Health professionals advising us how to prevent cancer is worthwhile.
[quote][p][bold]kez1968[/bold] wrote: We know being obese is bad for you, like smoking and drinking is bad for you, we have known for years we ain't morons, it's our choice to eat and drink what we want, having all these health professionals working on getting us thinner go do something more worthwhile like curing cancer.[/p][/quote]Obesity is the second most common cause of cancer in the UK the after smoking. Health professionals advising us how to prevent cancer is worthwhile. CatWales
  • Score: -1

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