Maintaining a healthy weight

Maintaining a healthy weight can be very difficult but it will benefit your health.

You might be worried about your own weight. You might be worried about someone in your family - your partner or your child. If you are overweight, it can affect your health and how you feel about yourself. Being overweight can even lead to some of the most serious health problems. Losing just a small amount of weight can help you feel good and improve your health. There are lots of reasons why being overweight matters. As our bodies can change throughout our lives - we need to try to maintain a healthy weight, to stay healthy.


Losing weight

If you’re overweight, losing 5-10% of your body weight can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers.  It can also:

  • Lower high blood pressure
  • Improve control of blood sugar levels in people with diabetes
  • Reduce the risk of angina (heart condition causing chest pain)
  • Improve blood cholesterol levels
  • Ease lower back and joint pain.

How can I lose weight and become more confident with my body?

As you get older, you’ll notice that your body may start to change. Perhaps you’re not concerned about this, but many people do lose a bit of confidence in how they look.  If you’re overweight, you may want to lose some weight for health reasons and also to feel better about yourself. Sometimes just a small change can make a difference, try some of the following:

  • Taking gentle, regular exercise to make yourself feel better and keep healthy
  • Focusing on things you like about your appearance
  • Experimenting with wearing colours to give you a boost
  • Not comparing yourself to other people
  • Not wearing clothes that are either too big or too small – get the right size for your  body
  • Standing upright and straight will make you feel more confident – don’t slouch.

A sensible approach to weight loss means that you are more likely to keep your excess weight off for good. It’s important that you maintain the healthy lifestyle changes you make. Eating a healthy balanced diet and keeping physically active will remain important even after you have reached your desired weight.

There are a wide range of different diets and eating plans you can follow – it’s up to you to choose which approach works best for you.  


If you are worried about your eating habits or your weight, you should speak to your GP or practice nurse. They may assess your current weight and size and carry out other tests if needed.