The reopening of fitness facilities on 25 July had been hailed, for the 10m UK gym members, as a long-awaited step fundamental to boosting the nation’s health needs. Yet the release of the government’s obesity strategy last week left the matter of physical activity mostly untouched – save from encouraging doctors to prescribe it to patients struggling with their weight (something they are already able to do) and making more provisions for cycling.
Exercise has a “central role to play in obesity and weight management, as well as the overall improvement of health, happiness, quality of life and economic prosperity,” said Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, the industry trade body, in response. “This strategy must place diet, mental health and physical activity on equal footing.”
Edwards hopes the government will “harness the value of physical activity”; something that, prior