Weight loss incentives for NHS employees

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As the largest employer in Europe, the NHS has more than 1.3 million staff – but it is estimated that nearly 700,000 of them are overweight or obese, impacting on sickness, absence and the NHS’ ability to give patients credible and effective advice about their health.

In April 2017 NHS England introduced new goals which state that by April 2018, 60% of confectionery and sweets stocked in hospital shops must not exceed 250 kcal, while 60% of pre-packed sandwiches and savoury pre-packed meals must contain 400 kcal or less per serving and not exceed five grams of saturated fat per 100g.

Despite the proposed ‘good intention’ what will this move achieve? Very little in my humble opinion. The move does nothing to address the wider issue, which is encouraging individuals to adopt a healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally inside and outside of the workplace. Removing temptation during working hours will not help modify unhealthy behaviour or help break bad habits.

The majority of our NHS professionals are dedicated yet overstretched and overworked and rarely have time to take proper breaks. This can mean working up to (and often in excess of) a 12-hour shift without a healthy meal, forcing them to grab a quick packet of crisps or chocolate bar to recharge their batteries on the ward.

Quite apart from obesity rates within the NHS there are also startling figures regarding injuries to NHS staff treating obese patients – NHS figures show at least 923 staff who were hurt or injured caring for obese patients between 2011 and 2015.

Needless to say this is not an issue unique to the NHS.

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The UK has the highest level of obesity in Western Europe ahead of France, Germany, Spain and Sweden. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation 1 in 4 British adults are clinically obese.

In fact, obesity levels in the UK have more than trebled in the last 30 years and if current stats are to be believed, over 37% will be obese by 2025 and more than half the entire population could be obese by 2050.

Dire statistics indeed.

The majority of people acknowledge that as well as maintaining a healthy diet, exercise is paramount to losing weight and keeping it off. One doesn’t need to be a mathematician to calculate that if you take in more calories than you burn off the result will be weight gain. But for those who have developed bad habits, insatiable cravings and addictions, the figures are obsolete. What needs to be addressed are deep seated issues such as what drives the habit or addiction. There may be feelings like stress, low self-esteem, depression or boredom.  It’s not unusual for people to get into a cycle of dieting, overeating, feeling guilty and dieting again. Hypnotherapy for weight loss changes how you feel about what you eat.

According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, hypnosis has been shown to be an effective aid in the process of weight loss, especially in cases where eating patterns and habits are the cause of weight problems, hypnosis can help to re-calibrate poor eating patterns.

Hypnosis works because it works on the level of feelings, patterns, and unconscious motivations. It’s much better when we feel we want to eat healthily rather than just thinking that we should. Working with an experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist can help people make the right choices, naturally.

At our clinics in Harley Street and Tunbridge Wells we are seeing more and more health professionals coming to us for help with issues such as weight loss, smoking cessation and work related stress. We value our NHS and its dedicated staff and offer a 25% discount to all NHS employees (terms & conditions apply – please call for details)

For more information on hypnotherapy and how it can help you, contact us today:

Gail Marra D.Hyp MNCH (Acc) LAPHP is a GHR registered Clinical Hypnotherapist accredited by the National Council for Hypnotherapy, Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, National Register of Psychotherapists and Counsellors and the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council

10 Harley Street, London W1G 9PF      Tel: 020 7873 2051

The Chilston Clinic, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN4 8RA      Tel: 01892 513535




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