Healthy eating and healthy weight

Extensive research has shown that a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle can reduce the likelihood of many different health problems both now and later on in life. Evidence shows that illnesses relating to a poor diet include:

  • complications in pregnancy
  • hypertension
  • type II diabetes
  • some cancers
  • heart disease and stroke
  • mental health issues including dementia, depression, stress and anxiety
  • vascular disease

Affordable healthy eating in Warwickshire

There are a number of ways to access healthy food affordably if you meet certain criteria, such as claiming benefits.

Losing weight

Your body is not designed to carry extra weight. Losing weight can improve your health in a number of ways, particularly if you suffer from a condition such as high blood pressure, heart problems, cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis, sleeping difficulties, snoring and back pain. We also know low self-esteem, confidence and general wellbeing may be improved by weight loss.

Adults – weight management support services in Warwickshire

Weight Management and Physical Activity Providers (Warwickshire)
Weight Management and Physical Activity Provider 2013 (DOC, 79 KB) services provided for you by Public Health Warwickshire.

Brunswick Healthy Living Network (Leamington Spa)
Brunswick Healthy Living Centre is a registered Charity which has its core ethos and reason for existing to provide services connected to health and wellbeing. It has an holistic approach with core themes of: Physical, mental and economic health; healthy eating; information & advice; and supported living.
Remember, being a healthy weight does not necessarily equal being fit and healthy, so keeping active (link to keeping active page) is also important.

Overweight in Childhood

According to the latest 2011/12 NCMP data, 8% of Reception age and 17% of Year 6 children in Warwickshire are classified as being obese. Both these figures are statistically significantly lower than both the West Midlands Region and England equivalent figures.
If you have a child who is primary school age and is overweight, you and your child/children may be able to access support in your local area. One child needs to be overweight to access the service. A parent/carer must attend and siblings are welcome too.
As well as talking to your health professional (pharmacist, GP, consultant, school nurse, health visitor, practice nurse, dentist and midwife etc.), you can directly contact the following people in your local area for support.

Overweight in childhood services 2011 (PDF, 18.06 KB)

Overweight in Pregnancy

If you’re overweight you may have problems getting pregnant, and if you’re having fertility treatment it’s less likely to work. Being overweight or obese (having a BMI over 30) also raises the risk of some pregnancy problems, such as high blood pressure, blood clots, miscarriage and gestational diabetes. Before you get pregnant you can use the BMI healthy weight calculator to work out your BMI. But once you’re pregnant this may not be accurate, so consult your midwife or doctor instead.
Having a healthy diet and getting moderate exercise are advised in pregnancy, and it’s important not to gain too much weight. You can keep to a healthy weight by eating a healthy diet and getting exercise.

Healthy eating and healthy weight was last updated on January 5, 2016.