Why is it a priority?
One of the biggest problems for Wakefield is that there are a lot of people who are an unhealthy weight. This means that they are over or under what is considered a healthy weight for their sex and age. Most of these people are overweight or very overweight (obese).
In the district 28.5 per cent of adults are recorded as obese, this is significantly worse than the average for England.
Being overweight doesn't just affect how we look and feel but can increase how likely we are to become ill. This may include, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, depression and osteoarthritis. The numbers of people in the district diagnosed with these illnesses is slightly higher than the England average.
Recent evidence also suggests that good nutrition is essential for our mental health and that a number of mental health conditions may be influenced by dietary factors.
How can I lose weight?
Small steps can make a big difference and the best way to a healthy weight is following a sensible diet, getting plenty of exercise and making realistic goals. Just a 5-10% reduction of excess weight leads to a 20-25% reduction of death from all causes so it is really worth your effort!
There are many lifestyle changes a person can make to help them control their weight. For further advice and information – try some of the links below:
Our lifestyles can be more unhealthy than we think. Start the fight back to a healthier you. Take the One You quiz and see how you score.
Get off to the best possible start on the NHS Choices 12-week weight loss plan with these 12 diet and exercise tips:
Try the 12 week weight loss plan:
If you want and need to lose weight, then this BHF plan is for you. Download or order the plan:
The handy portion guides will show you the portion sizes of common foods, making it easy to eat well and choose a balance of healthy and enjoyable foods.