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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Leeds was asked by the LS25 & LS26 Local Care Partnership (LCP) to explore how Covid-19 has impacted the lifestyle of people living in the areas of Leeds covered by this LCP. The percentage of the population registered as obese is higher in this area of Leeds compared to the city as a whole and therefore tackling obesity is one of its current priorities. The survey was carried out during October and November 2020, with an aim of understanding how the pandemic had changed people’s attitudes and lifestyles, in order to inform the next steps required as a partnership to support those living with obesity. A total of 1693 people completed the online survey.

The survey, predominantly completed by White British (95%) people with enough digital access to complete an online survey, highlights the following key impacts of Covid-19:

  • Isolation has increased mental ill health, particularly amongst younger people and has far reaching negative effects on the willingness and motivation to be active, particularly when walking, cycling, or running are the principal activities available.
  • The changes that are taking place in lifestyle are quite small and whilst home cooking from scratch for example is increasing, so is the apparent increase in alcohol consumption though this is not easy to accurately assess as the opportunities for social drinking are reduced.
  • Improving, appropriate, safe and easy access to both health and care services and formal exercise facilities are considered by the public to be the greatest opportunities for improving wellbeing and reducing obesity.

Healthwatch Leeds made 7 suggestions to address the findings of the survey, including what extra support people needed to adopt a healthier lifestyle, access to sport and leisure activities and groups, initiatives to promote cycling and walking, free or low cost support to lose weight, better access to GP appointments.

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General details

Report title 
Looking after you
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Leeds
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 5 May, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Tuesday, 1 September, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Saturday, 31 October, 2020
Key themes 
Digitalisation of services
Food and nutrition
Health promotion
Holistic support
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Other (please specify)
Primary research method used 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
Not Known

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Community services 

Details about conditions and diseases

What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
All people 18 and over
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.