Maintaining a healthy weight is important for your overall health and wellbeing, as well as lowering the risk of different diseases, conditions and cancers associated with being overweight.

Many individuals in the UK struggle with their weight. In fact, one in every four adults are obese (a term to describe a person who's very overweight, with a lot of body fat).

If you’re overweight, why lose it?

Losing just 5% of your weight can lead to many significant health benefits including:

  • Reduction in Blood pressure.
  • Reduction in cholesterol.
  • Reduced risk of obesity-related cancers.
  • Reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Improves life expectancy.

You can lose this weight by signing up for one of the courses below.

Essex Weight Management Courses

My Weight Matters is not designed to be a diet or a quick-fix solution. This programme promotes weight loss in a safe, steady, and sustained way.

Following NHS guidance, My Weight Matters places a focus on healthy eating, portion management, and keeping active. These evidence-based sessions cover dietary and physical advice whilst supporting you to adopt overall healthier habits.

This course is currently being delivered 1-2-1 by telephone, video or face to face with a weight management practitioner.

There is also a self-managed version where you can digitally access healthy recipes, exercise videos, motivational content, sleeping advice – and everything else you need to lose weight for good, without the presence of a weight management practitioner.

To sign up, click here.

The Sound Doctor

Suitable for everyone aged 18 and over. Using an innovative approach to healthcare, The Sound Doctor uses award-winning high-quality films, animations and tips from doctors, consultants, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

All of these elements generate an educational course to help you manage your weight. You’ll be able to learn at your own pace and in your own time.

To sign up, click here.

Child Lifestyle Service
Suitable for children aged between 4 and 17. All school-aged children throughout Essex have the opportunity to sign up to Our Child Health Improvement Sessions (C.H.I.M.P.S). These sessions empower children and their families to improve their BMI and overall health and wellbeing.

This programme is conducted over five weeks and will be completed by both the child and the parent, depending on the age of your child. Each week, there will be a different session covering a new behaviour change/topic. Some of these topics include food label reading, me-sized meals, and physical activity.

This course is available via video or telephone, and video downloads or face to face at a venue.

To sign up, click here.


How do you know if you’re overweight?

According to the NHS, men with a waist size of 94cm or more and women with a waist size of 80cm or more are more likely to develop obesity-related health problems.

But the most commonly used method to determine whether a person is overweight is by using a body mass index (BMI) calculator. A BMI measures whether you’re a healthy weight for your weight, height, age, sex, ethnic group (optional), and activity level. 

Generally speaking a BMI of:

  • 18.5 to 24.9 means you're a healthy weight.
  • 25 to 29.9 means you're overweight.
  • 30 to 39.9 means you're obese.
  • 40 or above means you're severely obese.

Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups

According to an NHS resource: “black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups have a higher risk of developing some long-term (chronic) conditions, such as type 2 diabetes.”

These adults with a BMI of:

  • 23 or more are at increased risk.
  • 27.5 or more are at high risk.

Whilst a BMI score is generally a good indication of whether someone is a healthy weight, it’s worth remembering that people who are very muscular can have a high BMI without much fat, which may give a false sense of their weight. Please contact your doctor for further advice if you are unsure. 

You can use the NHS BMI healthy weight calculator to work out your score.


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