Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes, NHS England
Around two-thirds of adults and one-third of children at age 11 are now overweight or obese in England. Obesity is associated with a host of potential diseases, including Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes now affects over 3 million people in England, and weight gain is the major modifiable risk factor driving incidence. Obesity and diabetes have important implications for both population health, and sustainability of the NHS. In 2012, it was estimated that £10 billion per year, around 10% of the entire NHS budget, was spent on treating people with diabetes.
Set in the contexts of evolving population demographics as well as pathophysiology, this lecture will outline the actions being taken nationally to tackle obesity and diabetes, including implementation of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, a collaboration between NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK that aims to cause England to be the first country to implement at scale a national evidence-based Type 2 diabetes prevention programme.
Professor Jonathan Valabhji MD FRCP is National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes, NHS England, Consultant Diabetologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Adjunct Professor, Imperial College London.