The purpose of this refresh is to provide a summary of progress to date, an update of national and local data, emerging research and guidance, and a new set of refreshed priorities in line with Kingston’s Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy Refresh 2017-2019 1 , Destination Kingston 2016-2020 2 , and the South West London Five Year Forward Plan 3 .
A key focus of this strategy is to support and empower the people of Kingston to tackle lifestyle behaviours leading to poor health later in life, and ensuring children and young people have the best start in life. The way we do things will inevitably alter due to reductions in local authority funding and budget pressures within the NHS. Kingston council has measures in place to become an ‘enabling’ council by 2020, using an outcomes based budgeting approach. In short, not merely focussed on delivering and commissioning services, but also enabling local people through a whole systems approach to self-care.
Obesity has become one of the biggest challenges facing the world today and is on the rise in both low and high income countries. There are a variety of factors e.g. social and economic deprivation, age, ethnicity and gender, which influence whether someone is overweight or obese. People who are overweight or obese have an increased risk of developing type diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Excess weight can also affect self-esteem and mental health.