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

26-Jul-2020
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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.

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

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