More than two-thirds of adults in Norfolk are classed as overweight or obese. To find out if you're a healthy weight, use the NHS's BMI calculator.
If you're overweight or obese, it can impact on your physical and mental health. It also increases your risk of:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Developing certain times of cancer
Changing your diet and increasing your physical activity level will help you lose weight, but if you've a lot to lose or have a medical condition, talk to your GP first about the best weight loss options for you.
The NHS has created a 12-week weight loss plan offering guidance on healthy eating and exercise.
You might also consider joining a commercial weight loss group such as Slimming World or WW (formerly Weight Watchers).
If you're aged 18 or over and have a BMI of 30 or more, you may be eligible to for the free Norfolk Slimming World on referral programme.
You'll need to meet the criteria to access the programme and be referred by a health professional in your GP practice.
If you're aged 40 to 74 and meet the criteria, you can also be referred from a NHS Health Check.