Managing your weight | Oxfordshire County Council

Managing your weight

A healthy diet and physical activity are key to keeping you and your family at a healthy weight.

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  • Make sure you follow the Eatwell Plate, to get a balanced diet that works for you.  For good.
  • The number of calories you eat and drink needs to be the same or less than you use.  This will be different, for different people, at different times of their lives.
  • An easy way to cut out those extra calories is to cut out sugar, particularly hidden sugars.  Adults should be aiming to have less than 30g of sugar a day, children should have less than this.
  • Get moving and keep moving, every day.  Adults should aim for the minimum of 150 minutes a week, children should be having an hour a day.
  • For more information go to NHS Choices about how to make this advice work for you and your family.

Are you worried about your weight?

If the answer is yes, its reassuring to know that even loosing 5% of your current weight will make a difference to your health.

Generally speaking, if you have a BMI of over 25 you should thnk about talking with your doctor about whether it would be good to lose some weight.  For some people a BMI of 25 might be fine, because the weight is not from excess fat.  To find out what your BMI is you’ll need some scales and a tape measure and put the figures into this calculator.

For more local information and advice for you and your family go to Achieve Healthy Weight Loss Oxfordshire.

Are you an apple or a pear?

BMI is just one way to see if you should do something about your weight.  If you aren’t convinced by your BMI on its own, measuring your waist will give you a good idea as to whether your weight might cause you health problems.

If you’ve tried to lose weight on your own and it just keeps coming back, there are weight loss services available in the County, that you may be eligible for. Book an appointment with your nurse or doctor and they’ll check the referral criteria and make sure you are signed up to the best option for you.

The council provides two types of weight loss service:

  • 12 weeks with Weight Watchers or Slimming World. Both are happy for you to observe a first session for free, to help you decide if it will work for you.
  • The Achieve Programme is an evidence based six month programme designed by experienced Dietians. The fortnightly sessions combine education and exercise to achieve sustained weight loss. The experience includes a healthy cook and eat session and an informative supermarket shopping tour. We partner with leisure providers to run from local centres across Oxfordshire.
  • Join a local MAN V Fat Football team and play a 30 minute weekly football match. Before the game, your team gets the chance to earn bonus points based on how much weight your team has lost. These are matches that reward your team for playing the game while losing the weight.

If you are pregnant speak to your health visitor.

If you have diabetes or are very overweight you may be eligible for other weight loss services that the NHS provides.  Your doctor or nurse will be able to tell you more.

Children and young people

As a parent or carer it can be difficult to tell if your child is overweight. As highlighted in the annual report by the Chief Medical Officer (2012), more children are becoming overweight at an earlier stage.

If you are worried about your child’s weight speak to your school health nurse for support to help you to rethink your child and family’s eating and physical activity behaviours

If you’ve received a letter from your school health nurse about your child being overweight, every child and family is unique, so do contact them more information and advice or speak to your GP or nurse.

Last reviewed
31 August 2017
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