Packing on the pounds is "bad for our health and bad for the health service", NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has said.
Mr Stevens plans to help roughly a quarter of NHS staff who are severely overweight shed the extra pounds, so doctors and nurses can lead patients by example:
The fact that as a nation, we have all been putting on the pounds for the last several years is bad for our health and bad for the health service.
Its hard for the NHS to talk about how important this is, if we don't get our own act together.
I think the NHS has got to take an example in helping our own staff - and hopefully other employers will follow suit.
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