A DEDICATED website to help people across Sandwell get free support and advice on losing weight has been launched as part of National Obesity Awareness Week.

According to research, about 70 per cent of adults living in the borough are classed as either overweight or obese, with the ‘Healthy Sandwell’ team warning that this could lead to increases in the risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

The new website features case studies and video interviews with people who have taken part in weight management programmes as well as weight management sessions commissioned by Sandwell’s public health team on an easy-to-use map.

There’s also information on the site for parents who have received a letter from their child’s school nurse.

Councillor Elaine Costigan, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for public health and protection, said: “Losing weight is at the top of a lot of our New Year’s resolutions lists. Losing and keeping the weight off is not easy but it is doable.

“Making small, simple changes to what and how much you are eating and drinking and your level of activity can really help you lose the pounds.

“For most people, bringing their weight down to healthy levels involves both exercising more and eating healthier foods.

“We have lots of support for Sandwell residents to help them kick off their weight loss journey.”

The website is available to visit now at www.sandwellhealthyweight.co.uk, or for more information on support to lose weight in Sandwell, call the Healthy Sandwell team on 0800 011 4656.