Your Weight

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 studied.

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 Association website.

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