Obesity levels in Wales are rising and a recent World Health
Organisation survey found that Wales has one of the highest levels
of overweight and obese youth among all the countries it
Being overweight can seriously affect your health. It can
increase the risk of health problems such as heart disease, stroke,
diabetes, some types of cancer, gout and osteoarthritis – and the
more overweight you are the greater the risk.
If you are overweight, by losing 5 - 10% of your body weight you
can significantly improve your overall health.
You can find out if you are a healthy weight by calculating your
Body Mass Index (BMI). Ideally, your BMI should be between 18.5 and
24.9. To work out your BMI follow the link the NHS Direct BMI
Calculator on the left of this page.
For advice and information on eating disorders visit the
National Eating Disorders