Maintaining a healthy weight range is an important factor in good health and affects how you look and feel. Being overweight can increase your chances of:
- having a heart attack
- developing diabetes
- having high blood pressure
- certain cancers.
Our body mass index indentifies whether we are too heavy, too light, or in the appropriate weight range. An individual person's body mass index (BMI) is dependent on a number of factors including sex and height. The following links will provide more information on body mass index, losing weight and eating healthily.
NHS Choices - lose weight www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/Loseweight/Pages/Loseweighthome.aspx
Healthy eating from NHS Choices http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/healthy-eating/Pages/Healthyeating.aspx
BMI calculator: www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Healthyweightcalculator.aspx
If you are worried about your weight please speak to your GP or practice nurse.