Weight loss prescription

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HEALTH: As many of us prepare to put a few pounds over the festive period the NHS is reminding people it has teamed up with a weight loss group in a bid to reduce obesity.

Since April Northants GPs have been able to refer patients to Weight Watchers for 12 weeks of free sessions.

To be eligible patients must be over 18 and have a body mass index of over 30, or over 28 with a medical condition.