The importance of being a healthy weight
Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. You can achieve a healthy weight, and stay at that weight, by following a healthy diet and spending more time being physically active. If you are overweight or obese then as a guide, you’ll need to reduce your daily energy intake by 500 calories to lose weight.
There’s a great deal of support available online to help you reach and maintain a healthy weight and we’ve included some of the services available below.
Support to help you lose weight
The NHS Weight Loss Plan
The NHS Weight Loss Plan offers a diet and exercise programme that will help you lose weight in a safe and sustainable way. The 12-week weight loss guide will support you to adopt a healthier lifestyle and learn how to keep the weight off in the long term.
Change4Life is the first step to helping you and your family eat more healthily, get moving more and live longer. The site includes recipes, information about local activities and advice about drinking less alcohol.
Public Health England’s ‘One You’ website has a wide range of information to help you lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
If you’re aged 16 or older and have a BMI of 30 or above, you can access a free 12-week Weight Watchers programme. You can be referred by your GP or other health care professional, as long as you haven’t been referred onto a Weight Watchers programme, or paid to attend a Weight Watchers programme yourself, during the last six months.
Family healthy weight service
This Kirklees Public Health service supports community-based initiatives that aim to improve physical activity, nutrition and health for children, young people and families. For more information please visit the council’s website here.
Improving outcomes after surgery
If you need routine surgery and your weight is significantly higher than it should be, losing weight before your operation can reduce the risk of a range of complications such as blood clots, wound infections and breathing problems. Please take a look at this leaflet for more details about the risks associated with routine surgery.
You may feel fit and healthy at your current weight but studies have shown that patients with a higher body mass index, or BMI, are more likely to experience potentially serious complications both during and after routine surgery.
If you have a BMI of 30 or above, we strongly recommend that you lose weight before a routine operation. To work out your BMI, just click on the image below.
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