Approximately 700,000 staff of the NHS (in the UK) are thought to be "overweight" or "obese", out of 1.2 million employed. Gee, that's about, what, 58%? I'd say that pretty much reflects the rest of the population, wouldn't you?
Overweight and obese midwives, health visitors and nurses will be encouraged to enrol in programmes to help them lose excess pounds.
And I'll bet those 700,000 fat employees (if they enroll and follow directions assiduously) will be just about as successful at losing and maintaining that weight loss as the rest of the fat population has been. Oh yeah, bitch that I am, I'm so looking forward to the doctors of these fat NHS employees reaming them new assholes for not being successful at weight loss maintenance, just like they ream the fat public who aren't successful. Let them get a taste of the medicine they dish out to the fat public and see how long it takes them to come up with excuses for why it doesn't work for them but should work for the rest of us.
"In addition, the credibility of health messages is also supported by the behaviour of health professionals, for example in the reduction and current low levels of smoking among doctors.
"Over the next year, we will develop bespoke programmes to support achieving and maintaining a healthy weight for key frontline staff who advise and interact with children and families on obesity, such as maternity staff, midwives, health visitors and school nurses."
Dudes, smoking and stopping smoking is a whole 'nother ball of wax from losing weight and keeping it off. Smoking is not something that will kill you if never do it ever again, but I can guarantee you that if you never eat another bite of food, your life is going to be very fucking short (and that's only if you can keep from eating, and the only ones I've seen who are successful with that are people with EDs and the enforced starvation of WLS patients).
Oh, and good luck with developing those programs to support achieving and maintaining a "healthy" weight for those staff. You've been just so successful at developing those same programs for the fat public and they just work so wonderfully well, dontchaknow? ROFLMAO!!!! I can hardly wait (what do y'all want to bet that when their success rates for fat employees aren't any better than their success rates for the fat public, this quietly gets dropped and we never hear another word about it?).