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My weight has increased or decreased significantly

Why don’t you try? : Check your weight and BMI to see if you are at a healthy weight

Understanding your BMI result

Underweight

Being underweight could be a sign you’re not eating enough or you may be ill. If you’re underweight, a GP can help.

Healthy weight

Keep up the good work!

Overweight

The best way to lose weight if you’re overweight is through a combination of diet and exercise.
The BMI calculator will give you a personal calorie allowance to help you achieve a healthy weight safely.

Obese

The best way to lose weight if you’re obese is through a combination of diet and exercise, and, in some cases, medicines. See a GP for help and advice.

Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups

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

Why waist size also matters

Measuring your waist is a good way to check you’re not carrying too much fat around your stomach, which can raise your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.
You can have a healthy BMI and still have excess tummy fat, meaning you’re still at risk of developing these conditions.

Limitations of the BMI

Your BMI can tell you if you’re carrying too much weight, but it cannot tell if you’re carrying too much fat.
The BMI cannot tell the difference between excess fat, muscle or bone.
The adult BMI does not take into account age, gender or muscle mass.
This means:
* very muscular adults and athletes may be classed “overweight” or “obese” even though their body fat is low
* adults who lose muscle as they get older may fall into the “healthy weight” range even though they may be carrying excess fat
Pregnancy will also affect a woman’s BMI result. Your BMI will go up as your weight increases. You should use your pre-pregnancy weight when calculating your BMI.
Apart from these limitations, the BMI is a relatively straightforward and convenient way of assessing someone’s weight.

Next steps

You can use your BMI result as a starting point for further discussion with a GP about your weight and general health.
A BMI above the healthy weight range or too much fat around your waist can increase your risk of serious health problems like:
* heart disease
* type 2 diabetes
* stroke
* certain types of cancer

Source: NHS
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Here’s a tip for you to try this week :

Look at what the most desirable BMI is for your age/gender and aim to reach that via healthy diet and exercise, Perhaps join a weight loss group or your local gym if you want to lose weight, Download the Couch to 5K app or Active 10 Walking Tracker app and use these to start gentle exercise, Visit the Get Active Your Way NHS site for some ideas about how to stay active, Book a Free health check with your GP if you are over 40, Make an appointment with your GP,

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