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Thinking about losing weight?

What does being overweight or obese mean?

Being overweight or obese means you have too much body fat. This can affect your health and day-to-day life, possibly causing the following problems.

As body fat and weight increases, you are more likely to develop health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and some types of cancer.

Do I need to lose weight?

Talk to your general practice team about what is a healthy weight for you. Your general practice team can measure your body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference to find out whether you need to lose weight.

How do I lose weight?

Your general practice team can help you select from a wide range of options including:

How do I find out more?

If you'd like to look into this further, or you're ready to get started, read these recommended online resources for weight loss, healthy eating, and exercise:

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated April 2015.


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