If you are overweight or obese, you have an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and other illnesses such as some types of cancer and osteoarthritis.
Eating a healthy and balanced diet while also increasing your physical activity can help you safely achieve a healthy weight. There are also a range of other strategies, medications and surgical procedures that can help with weight loss.
Ultimately, even losing just a small amount of excess weight can help reduce your risk of developing health problems, and offer additional health benefits.
Are you a healthy weight?
One way to check whether your weight is healthy is to calculate your body mass index (BMI), which is a measure of your body fat based on your height and your weight. This interactive calculator can help you calculate your BMI.
Where to start?
- Obesity at NHS Choices - information on the health risks associated with obesity
- Losing weight at NHS Choices - advice and ideas for losing weight, including a 12 week healthy eating plan
- Change4Life - tips and advice on eating well and being active
- Age UK - advice on health eating, fitness and exercise for older people
- Weight loss surgery - surgical treatment options for weight loss
- Find out about the leisure facilities in Gateshead
More help from your GP
Your local GP in Gateshead provides a range of services that can help you achieve a healthy weight, and enjoy the additional health benefits that it will bring.
You can make an appointment at your GP surgery for help with measuring your waist, advice on diets and exercise, blood tests, and for referrals to other services including medicine and surgery.