Being a healthy weight is essential to good health. It helps you move around easily, take part in everyday social activities and helps prevent illnesses.
What is a healthy weight?
A Body Mass Index (BMI) is used to test whether you are a health weight. This calculate your weight divided by your height.
This table shows the BMI levels.
|Less than 18.5||Underweight|
|Between 18.5 and 24.9||Healthy weight|
|Between 25 and 29.9||Overweight|
|Between 30 and 39.9||Obese|
|Over 40||Very obese|
You can use the NHS Choices Health Weight Calculator to measure your BMI.
For children the calculation is more complicated, their BMI needs to be compared to other information about how they grow at different ages.
There is a national programme to measure children's weight in schools.
Being overweight or obese
If you are overweight or obese it can have a significant impact on your health. It can contribute to:
- high blood pressure
- heart disease
Help losing weight
If you are thinking about losing weight there is a variety of support available to help you. The NHS Choices website has a lot of useful information on losing weight.
Your GP, practice nurse or other community health professionals, health visitor or school nurse can help you if you have any weight concerns. They can provide:
- an assessment of your weight
- motivation for behavourial change and support
A new countywide weight management service is also available to help you lose weight.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jump Avenue is a free 12 week interactive and engaging healthy lifestyle programme.
For more information see the Jump Avenue programme [PDF].