HOOP UK Press Release – National Obesity Awareness Week
Helping Overcome Obesity Problems (HOOP UK) is the leading obesity charity in the UK, with over 15,000 members nationally. www.hoopuk.org.uk
The aim of HOOP UK is to:
- Provide a safe community for people with obesity to communicate
- Ensure people with obesity have a voice
- Contribute to and lead efforts to reduce weight stigma and discrimination
- Raise awareness, understanding and improve education about obesity in the UK
- Continue to work with organisations and other charities internationally, nationally and regionally
- Lobby national and local government to ensure people with obesity receive equitable advice, access and where appropriate treatment in healthcare.
As part of national obesity awareness week, HOOP UK are representing the patient voice at an International Conference at UK Parliament, which is debating obesity as a disease. The event will showcase speakers from across the world. This is one of a series of events organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for obesity in UK Parliament that HOOP UK has been invited to share their expertise.
Other activities this week that HOOP UK have contributed to include two blogs developed in partnership with the Applied Obesity Research Centre at Leeds Beckett University. The first blog is about obesity being recognised as a disease, raising the challenges that still need to be understood in order for this proposal to be accepted. The second blog highlights the importance of working with patients and the public where research specifically recruits a population based on a health condition. The importance of working with patients has been highlighted by the National Institute for Health Research.
On Tuesday one of the HOOP Directors will be attending a Parliamentary lunch meeting to discuss whether obesity should be recognised as a disease in the UK with key international and UK stakeholders. The discussions will focus on why obesity could be recognised in the UK and the effects that disease recognition might have on the NHS.
Amongst other media outputs, HOOP UK will also be interviewed by Channel News Asia (CNA) on the RCP’s decision to recognise obesity as a disease, which will be broadcast in English from Singapore across SE Asia (25 countries).