Lanford’s Obesity Clinic enjoys visit from local MP, Andy Love
Lanford’s Obesity Clinic in Enfield were delighted to recently welcome Labour MP for Edmonton, Andy Love. The clinic, which is a member of the Obesity Management Association, invited Mr Love as part of an on-going course of political engagement to raise awareness amongst MPs to the issue of obesity and what is being done to treat it.
Maria Lanford, co-founder of the clinic, gave Mr Love a tour and spoke to him at length about the work which Lanford’s has been doing for over two decades to provide medical and behavioural interventions to tackle obesity within the Enfield community.
Obesity is an important issue in Edmonton, with 23.2% of adults in the Borough of Enfield being classified as obese (2006-2008 figures). Treating overweight and obese patients cost Enfield PCT £78.6m in 2010, and if current trends continue this will rise to £84.1m by 2015.
Mr Love is committed to fighting the obesity epidemic and has previously called for the de-politicisation of the debate around the topic. Speaking after the visit Mr Love said:
“Obesity is a growing problem in our communities, costing both lives and a great deal of money to tackle. It is important that we develop a joined-up approach to providing long-term solutions to not only treat obesity but also to reduce its prevalence in the first place. Prevention is most definitely more effective than cure.”
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.