Welcome to a better you
None of us has the perfect body – after all, we come in many different shapes and sizes – but the reality is being overweight or obese can lead to problems that can seriously affect our health.
This site helps you work out if you are overweight or obese and provides top tips on how you can easily make healthier choices in life. These may not change things overnight; but they are a change for the better.
It’s easy to put on unwanted weight.
Everyone needs a healthy balanced diet. To maintain weight, a man needs about 2,500 Calories a day and a woman needs about 2,000 Calories a day. These values can vary depending on age, metabolism and levels of physical activity, among other things. Lots of food and drink portion sizes have been getting bigger in recent years.
Eating bigger portions can lead to increases in waistlines and body weight for adults and children. It is therefore really important to make healthier food choices and be mindful of portion size. Choosing healthier foods and drinks can make you look and feel better as well as making a big difference to your health.
Being more active is also really important. Together these changes can help protect against obesity and help you manage your weight. This is important as being overweight or obesity increases the risk of developing serious health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
To see if unwanted weight could be putting your health at risk, check out your body mass index (BMI) and waist measurement. Remember if you have put on weight, the good news is you can do something about it.
What will your step count be today?
The PHA is encouraging everyone to think about the number of steps they take each day. By counting the number of steps you already take and setting yourself increasing targets, you can build up your physical activity and improve your health and wellbeing.
Take a look at the PHA’s advertising campaign on how you can take more steps each day – the more you take, the better you’ll feel.