Help to manage your weight

Being overweight or obese could soon overtake smoking as the major cause of preventable ill health. In 2010, almost a quarter of adults in England were obese.

Causes of obesity

People become obese by overeating, eating fatty foods, having irregular meals, or through a lack of daily physical activity. Obesity can be hereditary, which means the risk of obesity increases if being over weight runs in your family. It is lifestyle that determines if you will be over weight. Also certain medications can cause weight gain.

Health problems and obesity

Obesity can cause common physical problems including, difficulties breathing, difficulties walking or running, increased sweating, pain in the knees and back, skin conditions such as acne and gallstones. It can also cause more serious diseases including: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, heart disease and heart attacks, strokes and colon cancer (now associated with excess fat consumption in the diet).

Help is available

The Watch It programme supports young people, and Weigh Ahead supports adults, to change their lifestyles so they can lose weight, details are on this page. Or, speak to the local Health Trainers.

Health Trainers

Health Trainers offer one-to-one support in leading a healthier lifestyle, including advice and information, how to eat healthily, support around weight loss, support in accessing physical activities, referral to stop smoking and more. The Service is free and confidential. Contact Sophina Aghar on 07903 328020 or Paul Nash on 07823 558700.

Watch It

Does your child suffer from low self esteem? Does your child not enjoy PE? Do you struggle to buy clothes that fit your child? Does your child get teased due to their weight? Are you worried about your child’s health due to them being over weight?

Weigh Ahead

Weigh Ahead is a free NHS weight management service designed for people who have been unsuccessful in their attempts to lose weight and are significantly overweight or obese. This includes anyone who has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or over or someone who has a BMI of 35, but has another medical condition such as diabetes.

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