Importance of Weight Management

This leaflet discusses the health implications that obesity can cause, as well as the benefits of losing weight if you are overweight.

 

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Implications of Obesity 

Almost 2 in every 3 people in the United Kingdom are either overweight or obese, which equates to 59% of women and 68% of men having a weight problem.

When compared to those who are a healthy weight, people who are overweight are at an increased risk of numerous health conditions, including the following:

  • Dyslipidaemia (abnormal blood fats) (increased LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol), decreased HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) and increased triglycerides (blood fats)
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Coronary Heart Disease (such as heart attacks)
  • Stroke
  • Sleep Apnoea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Certain Cancers
  • Mental Illness (Anxiety, Depression)

Obesity and Diabetes

It has been estimated that almost 90% of those living with Type 2 Diabetes are overweight or obese. Increased weight has been shown to increase insulin resistance (which means your body cannot use insulin as well as it should). This has been shown to worsen glycaemic (blood sugar) control and increase the risk of diabetes progression. 

Benefits of Weight Loss 

Research has shown that losing  5 – 10 % of your original body weight can result in big health benefits which include:

  • Your diabetes control could markedly improve, as your body can make better use of insulin
  • You may be able to take less diabetes medications
  • You may experience improvements to blood cholesterol and blood pressure, which will reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • You could feel more confident with more energy
  • You could become more mobile, feel less breathless and have less strain on your joints

Additional Resources 

More information and support to help with weight management can be found below:

The NHS has developed a free, twelve week guide which combines advice on healthy eating and physical activity:

The British Heart Foundation has produced a detailed information leaflet to support weight loss:

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