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Am I overweight?
What weight should I be?
How can I lose weight?
Find out more

Being overweight increases your risk of having a stroke. So it’s very important to try to maintain a healthy weight.

Am I overweight?

Being overweight puts you at risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It can lead to your arteries becoming narrowed and clogged up (atherosclerosis). All these things can increase your risk of a stroke. 

It’s not just how much weight you carry, but how you carry it as well. If you carry extra weight around your waist, you are more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes or other health problems. So it’s even more important to make sure you’re a healthy weight. 

What weight should I be?

Calculating your body mass index (BMI) can be a good way to check if you're a healthy weight. It takes into account that people come in different shapes and sizes, by comparing your weight against your height. NHS Choices has a BMI calculator that can help you work out your BMI or a doctor can do it for you.

You can speak to your doctor or pharmacist for individual advice about your weight. 

How can I lose weight?

The key is to make small, long-lasting changes to your lifestyle. Changing your eating habits so that you start to eat more healthily and become more active are the best ways to lose weight.

Your GP or practice nurse can give you advice on lifestyle changes and tell you about weight loss groups or discuss other treatments.

Here are our tips to help you lose weight:

  • Try to do some form of exercise every day. This can help you burn off calories or maintain a healthy weight.
  • Watch how much alcohol you drink and try to keep within the recommended amounts.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet. 

Find out more

NHS Better Health has a free app to help you get started with weight loss, including tips on healthy eating and being active. You can also access the Healthier Your diabetes prevention programme and find more online tools and support.

You’ll also find more information and tips in our leaflets Healthy eating and stroke and Getting active after a stroke.

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