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A recent government initiative could see overweight people and heavy smokers having to diet or give up cigarettes in return for medical treatment.

In support of this, health and fitness group, LA Fitness will be inviting a select number of obese people in each of the 65 regions where its clubs are located to take part in a research study.

The people selected will be offered a free three-month membership from June – August, the initial three months being considered crucial in helping people maintain long-term goals, lose some of their inhibitions, learn to use the equipment available and begin to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Training will take place in off-peak hours and on-hand instructors will guide people through the LA Journey, a realistic plan setting long-term goals.

LA Fitness chief executive, Fred Turok, said: "Obesity is not just a cosmetic problem but a serious health hazard. Someone who is overweight is twice as likely to die prematurely as an average weight person."

Conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and strokes have also been linked to obesity, the number of people in the UK who suffer from the problem having tripled in the last 20 years. Details: +44 (0)800 358 6030

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