The overweight are to be offered cooking classes and dance workouts on the NHS to combat Britain’s obesity crisis.
GPs will offer advice on weight-loss, healthy eating and exercise. The plan will also see overweight health workers sent to Slimming World.
Some 10,000 staff will be offered help under a £134,000 pilot at a London Hospital trust. It will include 12-week sessions at lunch or after work with Slimming World or MoreLife. The tubbiest medics can have one-to-one consultations with a psychologist and dietician.
The £3million drive is aimed at slashing the number of Brits with Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity and costs the NHS £10billion a year.
Mr Stevens said: “”The human toll is more than 100 amputations a week and around 20,000 early deaths every year.”
Barbara Young, of Diabetes UK, said: “We feel this prevention programme is hugely significant.”