Whatever your goal, our team can help you get there

People who are overweight or obese tend to have higher blood pressure and higher blood cholesterol levels than others, and are more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes or a stroke.

Excess weight also puts stress on the joints, increasing the risk of arthritis.

 

The main way to lose weight and improve health is to change eating habits and increase physical activity.

 

Weight loss should be gradual (e.g. 1kg per month) to ensure fat is lost, rather than muscle or water.

 

When assessing weight loss options, our staff will tailor a plan considering the following:

 
  • Body mass index (BMI)

  • Waist circumference (WC)

  • Dietary behaviour such as eating an unbalanced diet, consumption of high-energy foods, irregular eating patterns (e.g. binge eating)

  • Physical inactivity and disability

  • Readiness to change current behaviour, such as interest and confidence to change

  • Comorbidities such as sleep apnoea, osteoarthritis, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, pulmonary hypertension, right-heart failure, some psychological disorders (e.g. depression)

  • Use of medicines that cause weight gain

  • Smoking cessation as a cause of weight gain

  • Weight history such as many weight loss attempts, family history of obesity, early age of onset

  • Social influences such as cultural background, access to healthy foods, capacity to understand health advice, support of family and friends

  • Lifestyle factors such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption


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