We asked the people of Peterborough what they were taking from these two government messages – and the reaction was mixed.
For 47% of respondents to our poll, neither eating out nor losing weight was on the agenda.
Just less than 25% of people admitted to doing both, wanting to get healthy for themselves but support business by eating at restaurants and cafes. Peterborough is very much in support of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, with a high volume of bookings for restaurants participating in the deal. These involve eateries that aren’t fast food – so diners may be able to stay healthy if they avoid dessert!
Some said it was one or the other: 21% of respondents voted that they were just choosing to lose weight, while 6% said they were just choosing to eat out.
The local campaign from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group is BMI Can Do It, encouraging Peterborough residents to know their BMI and reduce it if it’s too high, or increase if it’s too low.
Dr Jessica Randall-Carrick, a local GP and lead for Obesity and Diabetes at NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), explained: “If you have a higher than recommended BMI then you are at a higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, cancer, or having a stroke or heart attack. We also know that you are at greater risk of serious health consequences if you contract COVID-19, which is why we want to help encourage people to join our movement to eat well, sleep well and move more.
“We know it’s not always easy, but by taking those first steps towards a healthier lifestyle you will have a positive impact on your health. That’s why we are asking everyone to say BMI Can Do It and get involved today!”