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
  • overweight and obesity
  • problems with bones and muscles such as arthritis, rheumatism (musculoskeletal)

Eatwell Guide

The Eatwell Guide shows the different types of food we should eat and in what proportions to have a healthy, balanced diet. You don’t need to achieve this balance with every meal but try to get the balance right over a day or even a week.

NHS – Eatwell Guide

Gov.UK – Eatwell Guide diagram (pdf)

Affordable healthy eating in Warwickshire

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

Being a healthy weight

Maintaining a healthy 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 mental wellbeing may be improved by weight loss.

Fitter Futures Warwickshire – weight management, healthy eating and physical activity services for families, young people, children and adults

We have commissioned a number of services to help support families, children, young people and adults to lose weight.  In addition to these commissioned services, there may be other services too in your community.

Services from Fitter Futures Warwickshire

Fitter Futures – healthy lifestyles for children aged 0-5

Fitter Futures – family weight management

Fitter Futures – young people and adult weight management

Fitter Futures – young people and adult physical activity / healthy lifestyle

Overweight in childhood

According to the latest 2014/15 NCMP data, 8.6% of reception aged children and 16.8% of Year 6 children in Warwickshire are classified as being obese. Both of these figures are 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.

You can contact your child’s School Health and Wellbeing team, a teacher or a health or social care professional  such as a pharmacist, GP, consultant, school nurse, health visitor, practice nurse, dentist, midwife, social worker etc. in your local area for support.

The Family Service Change Makers is available for families who have a minimum of one child that is overweight or very overweight.  At least one parent or carer must attend with the child.  The programmes are 9 weeks long and free of charge.  Please contact the Fitter Futures Warwickshire for more information.

Overweight in pregnancy

If you’re overweight you may have problems getting pregnant. If you’re having fertility treatment, it is more likely to be successful if you are a healthy weight. Being overweight or very overweight (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 a 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. A midwife will be able to advise on what is considered as healthy weight gain during pregnancy.

Overweight pregnant mothers can attend the Fitter Futures Warwickshire 12 week physical activity/healthy lifestyles on referral service.  For more information please see above or contact Fitter Futures Warwickshire for further information.

Healthy eating and healthy weight was last updated on July 15, 2016.