The risks of being overweight

Being overweight or obese can have serious effects on your health and can increase you risk of developing conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.

 It also affects how you feel about yourself and can even lead to depression.

Being underweight has dangers too

Did you know that being underweight can also harm your body too? You might not think so but this can be just as unhealthy as being overweight.

Being underweight means your body isn't getting everything it needs to work peroperly. This can weaken your immune system, meaning you're more likely to get sick, make your bones more fragile, and leave you feeling tired and lacking energy.

This might be down to your diet and not eating enough or even an underlying medical or psychological problem.

Is my weight healthy?

Keeping to a healthy weight is really important if you want to stay fit and healthy.

Body Mass Index, or BMI, is the most common measure used to decide if you're a healthy weight. This is calculated by dividing your weight (in kg) by your height (in m) to give you a BMI score. Normal weight falls between the range of BMI 18.5 - 25.

Or you can make it easy and use the BMI tool to work it out for you.

Making changes for a healthy weight

If your BMI score is over 25 then you should think about making some changes or losing weight to bring it down to a healthy range. You might also want to think about getting some support to help you with this.

For a score over 35 you should speak to you doctor about getting specialist support to help you lose weight. Obesity is a serious risk to your health and you could be at real risk of heart attack, stroke or even diabetes.