Many of us are overweight. In fact, the latest statistics show that in Southwark as many as half of all adults and two out of five children are overweight.
Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is so important for our long-term health and wellbeing.
Being a healthy weight can reduce your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers; and can help improve your self-esteem and mood.
A healthy weight is not the same for everyone and depends on a number of factors such as height, age, gender, and genetics.
Losing weight can be hard. Often we go on a diet then lose motivation and put the weight back on again. You may be surprised to learn that losing weight is not as simple as just eating less, eating more healthily and moving more. How much sleep we're getting and how stressed we are make a difference as well.
If you, or your family, are struggling to achieve a healthy weight, you can find help and support here:
- healthy weight in pregnancy
- helping your children be a healthy weight
- advice and help for adults to be a healthy weight
- if you're struggling with low mood or stress and anxiety, it can be hard to maintain a healthy weight
- eating disorders
Page last updated: 24 February 2021