A report on obesity in Rotherham, how it compares to other areas in England, and how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected weight loss related services

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Rotherham undertook research on obesity, and how services to tackle this problem have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, as obesity levels in Rotherham are higher than the national average.

The report consists of a case study of a local service, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust and how their services had to adapt due to the pandemic.  Before lockdown, weight loss services were in person and very interactive.  After 23 March 2020, all services had to go online, and when restrictions eased, limited face to face sessions resumed.

They found that some people who had been furloughed had more time to engage with the service during lockdown and lost more weight.  In contrast key workers were working longer in a stressful environment and therefore had less time and energy to focus on weight loss.

Some didn’t like engaging with the service online so stopped until services could resume in person.  Others wanted to join the service after gaining weight during lockdown or because they heard that being overweight was a risk factor for Covid-19.

The report ends with a list of recommendations on how to lose weight aimed at the public.

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General details

Report title 
A report on obesity in Rotherham, how it compares to other areas in England, and how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected weight loss related services
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Rotherham
Date of publication 
Monday, 15 February, 2021
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Access
Digitalisation of services
Service closure
Service delivery organisation and staffing
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-8074

Details of health and care services included in the report

Community services 
Other

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
No
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.