Warwickshire’s key health tips
- Keep a healthy weight: Maintain, or aim for, a healthy weight (BMI 20-25).
- Eat a healthy diet: Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day. Cut down on fat, salt and added sugar.
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
- Obesity Learning Centre
- The Food Standards Agency
- The British Nutrition Foundation
- The British Dietetic Association
- NHS Choices > 5 a day
- NHS Direct
- NHS Choices: health information
- British Heart Foundation
- BMI Healthy Weight Calculator
If you are a practitioner and wish to find out about local services and support related to weight management, please click here to 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 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 2013
- National Child Measurement Programme
- National Obesity Observatory
- Obesity facts and figures
- Tackling Obesities: Future Choices
- Health Survey for England (HSE)
- National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
- Childhood Obesity in Warwickshire – Observatory Analysis
Key strategies and documents