It can be difficult to keep your weight within a healthy range. But it may help if you set appropriate goals. You can usually achieve this by eating a healthy balanced diet and being more physically active. For more information, see our how to lose weight section.
Your GP surgery can direct you to the best person to give you support. This may be a nurse, a dietitian or a local weight-management group. You could join a local weight-loss support group yourself. For more information, see our how to lose weight section.
You may put on weight if you take in more calories in food and drink than you are using up during daily physical activity. But lots of other things can cause obesity, such as your family background, medical history and your physical and mental health. For more information, see our causes of obesity section.
Obesity is linked to several long-term health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart problems and joint problems. It can affect people’s mental health too. Losing weight can help to improve your overall health and quality of life. For more information, see our benefits of losing weight section.
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