Eating Well

Why is being a healthy weight important?

Obesity occurs when you eat and drink more than your body needs and don’t move enough.  The modern environment makes it very difficult for us to maintain a healthy weight; for example unhealthy food and drinks are more easily available making it harder for us to resist temptation.

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Being overweight is not just about how you look, it can have serious health implications. Obesity is linked to a range of health problems such as:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Breathlessness and sleep apnoea (snoring/disturbed sleep)
  • Some cancers
  • Fertility problems
  • Joint and back pain
  • Low mood and self esteem
  • Osteoarthritis

Most people who need to lose weight can get health benefits from losing even a small amount (about 5%) of their weight if they keep it off. The best way to lose weight is to make small, realistic changes to your diet and increase your physical activity. 

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