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Obesity is when a person is carrying too much body fat for their height and sex. A person is considered obese if they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. 

Obesity can lead to a number of health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, infertility, and sleep apnoea.  Being overweight or obese can also shorten life expectancy.


We offer advice and support to those trying to lose weight.  You can make an appointment with a nurse or doctor to discuss how to lose weight and check:

·    Blood pressure

·    Blood sugar

·    Cholesterol and triglyceride levels


Tips for weight loss

  • Set realistic weight loss goals – aim for 5-10kg (11-22lb) over three months. This is around 0.5kg (1.1lb) a week, but reduce this target if it seems too difficult.
  • Eat regular meals and try reducing the size of your portions.
  • Contact a local slimming club if you think this may help you.
  • Tell your friends and family that you are trying to lose weight, as they can help motivate you.
  • Drink less alcohol, as it is high in calories. 
  • Consider using a food diary to keep track of the amount of calories you are eating, and the changes you are making to your diet. 
Medication to help with weight loss may be an option for some people who want to lose weight. However, there are no wonder drugs available. Lifestyle changes to improve diet and increase physical activity are still important.