Are you overweight?
Being overweight puts you at risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, all of which 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?
It’s best to talk to your doctor about the weight you should aim to be, as it’s different for everyone.
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.
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 becoming 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: