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Being a healthy weight means you're at less risk of developing preventable diseases such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Click on the sections below to find out more.

Where to start?

A good place to start is to check your Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement on NHS Choices. This will tell you if you are underweight, a healthy weight, overweight or obese.

It's also helpful to know your waist measurement. Carrying too much weight around your stomach can raise your risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and stroke.

You can have a healthy BMI and still have excess tummy fat - meaning you're still at risk of developing these diseases.

Here you can find out more information on Healthy weight and BMI.

Eating well

Whether you're trying to lose weight, get in shape or just live a healthier life, eating well has lots of benefits. From improving your health to saving you money, there are lots of reasons to eat well.

Where to start?

A good place to start is to identify some small changes you would like to make. This could be swapping full fat dairy products to low fat or swapping sugary fizzy drinks for water or sugar free squash.  Set yourself a goal, whether it's eating 5 fruit and veg a day and try and stick to it. Here you can find out more information about eating better.

Remember that eating well and moving more are the key to healthy weight management. Here you will find more information about moving more.

Top food tips

  • 5 A Day: Soups and salads are good for getting in extra veg. Here you will find out more information about 5 A Day foods.
  • Fat: Swap high fat foods for ones that are lower in saturated fat, like full fat milk for semi-skimmed. Find out more information on fatty foods.
  • Sugar: Cut down by watching out for sugar when you shop and making smart sugar swaps. Find out more information on sugary foods. 
  • Salt: Shop for low-salt or reduced-salt foods, and watch out for salt by checking the labels on everyday items. Find out more information on food labels or understanding food labels. Here you can find out more information on salt.

Find details on the NHS Eatwell guide.

Tools to help you

Free NHS Weight Loss Plan: The plan, which has been downloaded more than 2 million times, is designed to help you lose weight safely and keep it off.

Right for you if: You're motivated to lose weight and would like a structured plan to help you.

Easy Meals App: download the app for over a hundred delicious and simple meal ideas to get you eating foods that are healthier for you. 
Right for you if: You have a smartphone and want inspiration wherever you are.

Food Scanner App: helps you cut your sugar, saturated fat and salt intake by quickly showing you how much is in popular food and drink.
Right for you if: You have a smartphone and want to make better choices no matter where you are.

One You: website offering lots of great advice on how to eat better.
Right for you if: You simply need some ideas and advice, all together in one place.

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