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New weight loss support on the high street

Overweight people can now get support from their local pharmacy as part of an NHS plan to tackle rising obesity levels and type 2 diabetes. Community pharmacy teams can now refer adults living with obesity, and other conditions, to the 12-week online programme.

People will be able to start the programme within ten days of visiting their local pharmacy, with support for some including one-to-one coaching from a weight loss expert. Adults living with obesity plus hypertension or diabetes will qualify for the service, accessible via a smartphone app on or online. People from Black, Asian and Minority ethnic backgrounds can join the programme at a lower BMI of 27.5, due to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

Trained staff in pharmacies will work with people who want to lose weight and signpost them to a range of resources and available support including the NHS weight management programme.