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The easiest way to check your weight is at home. There are many budget friendly bathroom scales available to purchase in high street shops or online.
If you don’t have your own scales, you’ll be able to weigh yourself at your doctor's surgery. Boots Pharmacies often have scales available in store for you to use too.
For a more in-depth look at your weight, members of East Riding Leisure can book an appointment to use a Boditrax machine. This does a full body scan and weighs each part of your body. Learn more on our East Riding Leisure website.
Knowing your body mass index (BMI) is an important step to understanding if you are a healthy weight. Some scales do this automatically for you, or you can use the BMI healthy weight calculator on the NHS website.
If you’re overweight or obese, it can increase your risk of developing a whole range of health problems. These include conditions, such as:
Generally you put weight on when you regularly eat and drink more calories than you burn through normal bodily functions and physical activity. Some health conditions can also cause weight gain.
The two best ways to manage your weight are to:
If your BMI is 45.0 or more and you have an East Riding GP, ask your doctor to refer you to our Live Well programme. This is a 26-week programme that helps you to develop a healthier lifestyle. Find out more about the Live Well programme on our East Riding Leisure website.
If you’re finding it difficult to eat enough because, for example, you have little or no appetite or have difficulty chewing or swallowing, you might find yourself feeling tired, depressed and low on energy. This is because you’re lacking essential vitamins and minerals.
You could also experience health issues, such as:
Keeping to a healthy weight will reduce your chance of developing these health problems. Here are some tips if you only feel like eating a little:
If you are experiencing a sudden change of appetite, it is important that you speak to your doctor. This is because it can be a symptom of a mental health problem, such as depression or anxiety, or another illness.