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This video was created at the end of 2013 as part of a Shropshire-wide event organised by the Public Health department of Shropshire Council to discuss the challenges and opportunities for individuals and society to achieve a healthy weight. This event was the start of work by Shropshire Council and its partners to develop a shared Healthy Weight strategy, which will be available on this website in due course.

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This video examines the views and opinions of Shropshire people, who were asked what they thought about healthy weight.

The issue is very complex, as there is a huge variety of factors that have a bearing and an influence on whether we have a healthy weight or not.

The way we shop and cook, where and when we eat, the built environment we live in, the fashion and advertising industries, our transport system, school curriculum, culture and ethnicity, income and education, our genetic make-up, use of language and peer pressure are only some of the factors that play a part in this complex area of our lives.
Some of these and others are touched upon by the people interviewed in the video, and you can probably come up with as many more if you were to have a conversation about what healthy weight means to you and to those around you.

If you want to listen to what the speakers on the event mentioned above had to say about the issue of healthy weight, you can find the videos of their contributions here:


If you would like further information, please consult the 'helpful links' section on this page.

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