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Childhood Obesity Awareness Week

The UK has one of the fastest growing rates of obesity in Europe. It is estimated that 20% of our current population is obese and this number is expected to rise significantly in the near future. Obesity and weight management poses a huge risk to the NHS and the World Health Organisation has declared childhood obesity as the most serious current risk to public health. Obese children and adolescents are at an increased risk of developing ongoing health problems including Type 2 diabetes and are more likely to become obese adults.

The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital has a specialist centre for Obesity Treatment and Research. Our multidisciplinary team provide weight management (medical) and bariatric (surgical) programmes to patients throughout the East of England and is one of the most comprehensive Bariatric Services in the country. We currently only accept patients that are over 18 but we understand that early education is very important in managing obesity. For further advice and guidance you can visit some of the following websites:

http://www.ldh.nhs.uk/obesity/
http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/Pages/change-for-life.aspx
http://www.teenweightwise.com/

Media Enquiries

If you have a media enquiry please email pressenquiry@ldh.nhs.ukor call 01582 497 408 and we will get back to you. If you have a media enquiry out of hours (i.e. before 9am, after 5pm or at weekends) and it is urgent, please call the hospital switchboard on 01582 491 166 and ask to speak to the Duty Press Officer.

Communications enquiries
communications@ldh.nhs.uk or call 01582 497 408.

Communications team
Sarah Newby
Head of Communications:
Sarah.Newby@ldh.nhs.uk
Direct line: 01582 497 458
Working hours: 9am to 5pm, Mon – Wed only

Mariane Covington
Communications Manager/Press Officer
Mariane.Covington@ldh.nhs.uk
Direct line: 01582 497 408
Working hours: 9am to 5pm, Mon – Fri

Courteney Black
Internal and Digital Communications Officer
Courteney.Black@ldh.nhs.uk
Working hours: 9am to 5pm Mon – Fri