OMA member organisation, Weight Medics, was honoured to welcome MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith, to its Richmond Clinic on Friday. The visit was part of a programme of political engagement by the OMA, to raise awareness of the problem of obesity in communities and show the vital role of medical and behavioural solutions in tackling it.
Graham Rowan, Chairman of the OMA and Practice Director of Weight Medics, greeted Mr Goldsmith, gave him a tour of the clinic and introduced him to a patient. Gwen Clelland, 47, told Mr Goldsmith how Weight Medics had “saved her life” after advice from doctors helped change her and her family’s eating habits, reducing her risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, which is common in her family.
Mr Rowan briefed Mr Goldsmith on the important work that OMA clinics do, the results they get and the urgency for more people to adopt this kind of solution. In Mr Goldsmith’s Richmond constituency a shocking 10.7% of the population are obese, which is higher than both the London and East of England averages.
Zac Goldsmith is passionate about tackling obesity in Richmond and beyond and has been working closely with Jamie Oliver on his Healthy School Meals and Food Revolution projects. Speaking at the visit Zac Goldsmith MP said:
“I was pleased to be able to meet obesity patients and learn more about how the condition and its associated health complications has affected their lives. I absolutely support the programmes run by organisations such as Weight Medics, and the Obesity Management Association which are helping individuals to lose weight and improve their lives.”
OMA members are continuing to meet and brief their constituency MPs over coming months to raise awareness of medical solutions to obesity, demonstrate how clinics can transform people’s lives and show how they can save the NHS and the tax payer significant amounts of money.
For further coverage link to the Richmond:Twickenham Times.