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Doctors to prescribe cycling to prevent obesity related hospital admissions hitting 1 million

It's more effective than any drug so why not prescribe it?


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New strategy to tackle obesity to be set out on Monday.

Including a 12-week plan for people lose weight and cycling being prescribed by GPs.

PHE found that being overweight puts people at greater risk of serious illness or death from Covid-19.

Boris Johnson has admitted that his own weight was a factor in how badly he suffered from coronavirus.

There were nearly 900,000 obesity related hospital admissions in 2018/19.

Obesity related conditions are costing the NHS more than £6bn each year.

Risk factor for chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, some cancers, liver and respiratory disease.

GP surgeries will provide access to bikes and ministers are promising local cycling infrastructure will be improved.

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Public Health England (PHE)

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