Maintaining a healthy weight is important for your overall health and wellbeing. A healthy weight is calculated using a body mass index (BMI) score in adults and BMI centiles in children. To find out your BMI, the NHS website has an easy-to-use calculator here.
Gaining weight is often a gradual process and can easily happen as a result of modern-day life and unhealthy habits over the years. Losing weight means eating fewer calories and burning more energy through physical activity. It sounds simple, but more than 60% of adults in England are overweight or obese.
Eating a nutritious and balanced diet is key to maintaining a healthy weight, and to helping us generally feel better overall. Some of the benefits you’ll notice by improving your diet include:
· increased energy and stamina
· improved sleep and concentration
· a positive impact on your mood and well-being
· helps to maintain a healthy body weight
· lowers the risk of developing chronic health conditions such as heart disease and cancer
The Eatwell Guide here shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet.
For more information and support on losing weight, visit the NHS Better Health website here. Better Health has lots of free tools and support including a free 12-week NHS weight loss plan which you can download. The free plan can help you to create healthier eating habits, become more active, and start losing weight.
If you would like to find out information on the local weight management support options that the council offer for both adults and families, please visit the Active North Tyneside website here.
There is also a very useful guide attached to this page (see below), which provides information on all of the services, in one place!