Many people feel overwhelmed by their struggle to lose weight. Watch this video to learn about some of the sources of help available throughout Britain.
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Paul Stillman: So you want to lose weight, really lose weights not just a pound or two here and there and put it back months later. What we’re talking about al long-term decisions and long-term changes perhaps or even life long. Our advice is don’t try this alone. If you do it alone, you wouldn’t be looking at this now, it would have happened. You need help? And there are numerous places where you could go to get it. The choice can be sometimes quite the bewildering. We’re going to take you through that choice. We’re going to help you make those decisions. I’m Paul Stillman and this is streaming well. Matthew Capehorn: There are several different sources of help that that an individual can get when they’re wanting health to lose weight and now the most common one that they might approach first than wanting to personal sources such as diet books, watching diet programs on television or the internet. Now these have some good points and some bad points. The good points are that people access them when they want but the bad point is there’s nobody governing whether it’s reliable information or whether it’s fat diets. One of the other sources of help that an individual might go to when wanting to lose weight is the commercial sector, now this can include slimming organizations like slimming world, weight watchers all of these are definite plus points and benefits to the individual. They’ve got the group mentality and motivations so they can go along with their friends which instantly gives a bit of extra support in their weight loss regime plus because they’re actually paying a small amount albeit but because they’re paying, they’re wanting something back in return so it helps to motivate them and encourages them to actually try a little bit harder. Obviously, health care professionals would encourage an individual to come to the NHS and the primary care setting full help with their weigh loss. There’s a lot of pressure on primary care trust and individual GP practices to provide some pharma weight management services. Most primary care trust now have obesity strategies that actually have care pathways in place from the moment that somebody presents with a weight problem all the way up to their final treatment even extreme cases such as bariatric surgery. Now some of this maybe based in the GP practice and it may be just with the individual GP, the individual specialist, nurse or health care assistant or dietician whereas others may actually involve much more grand and impressive specialist centers that the individual patient will be referred into where they can get specialist import from a multidisciplinary team that might involve clinical psychologist, dieticians, specialist nurses, GPs with a specialist interest in obesity or bariatric surgeons. Paul Stillman: So there are lots of places that you can go to seek help some are commercial and then of course it’s the internet. I think the point is that you should choose one and you should act upon it. There are loads people who are waiting and willing to help you. And with their help, you can achieve success. We’re all different and if the first one doesn’t work, if it fails then move on to another one. Success is there, you just have to find it. Thanks for watching.