A joint CCG and County Council initiative designed to help obese adults to achieve and sustain a healthy weight has gone from strength to strength this year.

10,000 patients have been referred by health professionals to the weight management scheme since it began; with 61% of participants completing the programme.

The free groups, run by Slimming World, are available in every district, with one to one time at the end of each session to develop and review personal eating plans. There is also a follow up review session after 6 months.

Of those completing the scheme, 53% of patients have achieved a weight loss of at least 5% with a total weight loss of 45,739 kgs across Gloucestershire.