If you are overweight, losing weight will bring about some important health improvements and can help reduce your risk of a number of diseases, including heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
Becoming a healthier weight will lead to positive changes in how you feel and what you can do in your everyday life.
If you do little physical activity, eat and drink too many unhealthy things, this can lead to weight gain so it's important to maintain a healthy weight.
In Doncaster, 71.5% of adults aged 18 and over are classed as overweight or obese compared to the national average of 61.3%. Almost a quarter (23%) of children aged 4-5 years and over a third (35.8%) of children aged 10-11 years are overweight or very overweight.
Healthy Eating Guide
The guide is designed to give people the basic knowledge and tools they need to promote healthier diets with a range of people, in a range of local settings. This guide is aimed at people who may have the opportunity to promote healthier eating with the people they live and work with. The guidance does not make recommendations for individuals or groups with clinical conditions who may require specialised dietary interventions.
The guide is available to view in PDF and flipbook versions below:
- DMBC Healthy Eating Guide
- Download (4.34MB)
**Please note, if you have problems opening the the flipbook link please copy and paste the web address on to Google Chrome**
Top five tips to become a healthy weight
- eat a healthier diet - a healthy diet is one that includes a wide range of foods and is based on starchy foods, such as bread, rice and potatoes, includes a good amount of fruit and vegetables and is low in fat, salt and sugar. See how you can eat well for less by visiting NHS Choices website.
- remember to watch your portion sizes - managing your weight is all about not eating more than you burn, so it’s important not to overeat, as well as changing to healthier foods.
- get active - adults should aim to be active for at least 150 minutes a week, children aged five to 16 years need to be active for at least 60 minutes a day, and under fives for three hours a day - Find activities that you enjoy and that fit into your daily life.
- make small and achievable changes - losing weight and becoming healthier is about making small changes that last a lifetime; not quick fixes and fad diets. Healthy Learn more about Pros and Cons of most popular diets by visiting NHS Choices website.
- get support - there is support out there for you - start with some of the links and information on this page.
Further information and support
There may be local help and support available in your community, including local walking groups, leisure centres and community groups.
If you would like to lose weight by developing healthier eating habits, and being more active, you may find the following links useful:
Free NHS easy-to-follow weight loss programme NHS Choices 12-week guide.
- NHS weight loss programme
- BMI healthy weight calculator
- Eatwell Guide
- NHS Tools Library
- One You
- Change4Life - Get going
- Weight Wise
- Food a fact of life
- Your Life Doncaster
- NHS Choices Health Apps
- Nutritionist Resources
- If you are unsure whether you, or a family member are a healthy weight, one of the best ways to find out is to check your Body Mass Index (BMI) through: