Weight

What's the issue?

If you are overweight or 'obese' you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

  • 1 in 4 adults is 'obese';
  • 3 in 10 boys and girls (aged 2 to 15) are overweight or 'obese'
  • 1 in 10 children aged 4-5 years are 'obese'

If you are overweight or 'obese' you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

weight

You can you tell if you have a weight problem from your BMI (body mass index) - an estimate of how much fat you have in your body, using your height and weight measurements.

You can calculate it yourself by dividing your weight (in kilos) by your (height x your height, in metres); or you can ask your Doctor to do it for you.

If your weight is normal you have a BMI of between 18.5 and 24.9. If you have a BMI of over 25, start thinking about making some lifestyle changes - it really is in your interests.

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