Warwickshire’s key health tips
- Keep a healthy weight: Maintain, or aim for, a healthy weight (BMI 20-25). BMI can be calculated by dividing weight (kg) by height (m) squared (kg/m2). Find out more about the local Fitter Futures weight management programme.
- Be physically active: Adults should aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate-intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more. One way to approach this is to do 30 minutes at least five days a week.
- Eat a healthy diet: Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day. Cut down on fat, salt and added sugar. For more information, visit NHS - Why 5 a day?
Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of developing a range of other health problems such as coronary heart disease (CHD), type 2 diabetes, some cancers, stroke as well as reducing life expectancy. The consequences of obesity are not limited to the direct impact on health, they can also have adverse social effects through discrimination and social exclusion.
Where to find information and support services
- The Food Standards Agency
- The British Nutrition Foundation
- The British Dietetic Association
- NHS Choices > 5 a day
- British Heart Foundation
- NHS - BMI Healthy Weight Calculator
If you are a practitioner and wish to find out about local services and support related to weight management, you can access the Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Portal.
Evidence and needs assessment Information
The increasing prevalence of obesity amongst adults and children is a major public health challenge, placing a significant strain on budgets and resources. It is estimated that 8% of premature adult deaths could be reduced if the population maintained a healthy weight
Using a variety of sources Public Health Warwickshire has ensured that all interventions commissioned to reduce obesity are underpinned by a needs analysis, a robust business case and strong evidence base
- Warwickshire JSNA
- Director of Public Health Annual Report 2018
- NHS Digital - National Child Measurement Programme
- National Obesity Observatory
- GOV.UK - Healthy Eating & Obesity; news, facts and figures
- GOV.UK - Tackling Obesities: Future Choices
- National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence