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How do I know I’m a healthy weight for my height?

You can find out if you’re overweight by using your height, weight, age and gender to calculate your BMI. A BMI over 25 is considered overweight and over 30 is considered obese. Keeping your BMI between 19 and 25 will reduce your risk of heart problems, stroke and some kinds of cancer.

Check your BMI with the NHS BMI calculator

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What medications can help me manage my weight?

We can prescribe Saxenda, Orlistat or Xenical to help you lose weight. Saxenda works by helping you feel fuller. Orlistat and Xenical help your body to get rid of the extra fat in your diet.

To lose weight and keep the weight off long-term, you need to make changes to your approach to food and your daily habits around activity, sleep and relaxation at the same time as taking your medication.

We can help with lifestyle advice, motivation and follow-on support, along with information about the kinds of diets that are most likely to work. Join our Live Well LIVE! webinars where our lifestyle medicine team will support you to achieve your weight loss goals.

For those taking Saxenda, you can also access a health coach using the Liva Healthcare app which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

For more information on Saxenda, see our dedicated Saxenda page.

What health conditions are linked to being overweight?

Being overweight isn’t just about not fitting into your favourite clothes. Carrying extra weight can cause serious health problems. If you are overweight, you’re at risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer.

Being overweight can also make some conditions, like asthma, worse. Maintaining a healthy weight can also help you manage stress and can support your mental wellbeing.

What lifestyle changes can I make to lose weight?

The best way to maintain a healthy weight is to become more active while eating healthy, filling and enjoyable food. There are four proven food approaches for weight loss; low carbohydrate, Intermittent Fasting, Paleo, and Mediterranean. We can explain how each of these approaches work and help you to figure out what would be easiest for you. Take a look at our recommended eating guides and choose an approach that works for you and your lifestyle

Another simple way to help you manage your weight is with “eating windows” where you limit your food intake to an eight hour window (only eating between 9am and 5pm for example). Our lifestyle medicine team will discuss this in the Live Well LIVE! webinars.

We can help you decide which approach is best for you and help you understand how they would work alongside medication that reduces the amount of fat that your body absorbs.

Page last reviewed by: Dr. Christina Hennessey 21/06/2021