Great news this morning! The brilliant Sam Feltham (learn more about him and what he’s done here and here and here and here) has spearheaded the founding of a new group of doctors in the UK committed to fighting the obesity and diabetes epidemics. Please learn more about the group in the Press Release (published below in full), help spread the word and pitch in to their IndieGogo funding campaign!
Public Health Collaboration Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A Group Of Doctors Are Crowd-funding To Solve The Obesity & Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic
In the UK 25% of adults are obese, the highest prevalence in Europe, and type 2 diabetes has risen by 65% in the past 10 years with no sign of slowing down. Together they cost the NHS £16 billion a year and the UK economy at large £47 billion a year.
These perilous percentages and shocking statistics have presented themselves despite the fact that as a population Britons are following the dietary advice that is being recommended.
Based on the latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey published in 2014 by Public Health England, our total food consumption is on average 383 calories below the recommended, our total fat consumption is just below the recommended 35%, we’re just one portion shy of the recommended 5 fruits and vegetables a day, and lastly we’re only 1 g over the recommended amount of daily red meat intake.
Seemingly the issue of obesity and diabetes in the UK isn’t that Britons are over consuming but that they are following the dietary guidelines, known as the Eatwell plate given by the NHS. A complete overhaul of these dietary guidelines is needed based on the most up to date scientific evidence in order to improve the health of the UK.
With all of this in mind a group of 12 doctors have come together to help solve the UK’s obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics by setting up an independent public health charity called the Public Health Collaboration (PHC).
The doctors include ex-chair of a NHS Trust Dr. Kailash Chand OBE, dietitian Dr. Trudi Deakin, cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra, psychiatrist Dr. Tamsin Lewis, general practitioner Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, clinical psychologist Dr. Jen Unwin, diabetologist Dr. David Cavan, general practitioner Dr. Katharine Morrison, general practitioner Dr. David Unwin, general practitioner Dr. Joanne McCormack, general practitioner Dr. Ian Lake and general practitioner Dr. Ayan Panja.
From Monday 1st February the PHC is launching a crowd-funding campaign to publish its first public report on healthy eating and weight loss guidelines issued by the UK departments of health and the NHS. This will be the first step in its ambitious campaign for change within the NHS.
Director of the PHC, Sam Feltham, is closing down his fitness business and only taking a London Living Wage in order to fight for the cause and says “Our initial £5,000 fund-raising target doesn’t sound like it’s enough to change anything on such a large scale, especially if you’re used to big budgets, but we’re in a fortunate position that our founding members of doctors are giving their time for helping write our reports and support our campaigns.
The first report will examine the scientific evidence to recommend new dietary guidelines for optimal public health. Once it is published in April 2016 we recommend that the NHS leadership reads the report and takes it seriously for the sake of the nation’s health and economy.”
You can contact Sam Feltham for further comment or to get in contact with our group of doctors by [email protected] by calling 07734944349, and please see the crowd-funding campaign on INDIEGOGO at http://igg.me/at/PHCUKorg