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The Healthy Weight campaign is one in a series of national measures to help you manage your weight.
The aim of the campaign is to support your health by sharing information about behaviours that can affect your weight.
For people in their 20s and 30s, there is a greater risk of becoming overweight or obsese because of changes in eating patterns and lifestyles. This means that these ages are an important time to prevent excess weight gain, and to protect your health now and in the future.
Science shows that weight gain has a lot to do with things beyond our control, like genetics and environmental factors. Weight gain can happen over months or years and the reasons behind each person’s weight can be different. Even with the same eating habits or the same amount of physical activity, people can have a different body shape and weight.
There are steps we can all take, like eating well, exercising, managing stress and sleeping well to improve our health and wellbeing. These are important for everyone.
Healthy Ireland, the HSE and safefood have developed this campaign to support you with information and advice on eating well, sleeping well, keeping active and managing stress to promote a healthy weight.
Health is not determined by body weight alone. When weight begins to affect health and quality of life it is called obesity. Obesity can be defined as a chronic, progressive and relapsing disease in which abnormal or excess fat impairs health, increases the risk of long-term medical complications, and reduces quality of life and life-span.
Find out more information on obesity, what causes it and how to manage it on the HSE website
Your BMI is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres squared. Work out your BMI using the safefood BMI healthy weight calculator . People with a BMI of 30 or more have a high risk of obesity.
The amount of weight you carry around your middle can affect your:
If you have more weight around your middle area than elsewhere, this may increase your risk of obesity.
Men have a higher risk of health problems if their waist circumference is more than 102 centimetres (40 inches).
Women have a higher risk of health problems if their waist circumference is more than 88 centimetres (35 inches).
Waist size cut offs are lower for people of certain ethnicities because of higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Learn how to measure your waist circumference on safefood.net
We now know much more about the role genetics, hormones and our environment play in how our weight is controlled.
Regardless of body size and shape, following healthy habits including healthy eating, being active, sleeping well and managing stress have many benefits for physical and mental health.
We know that these habits can typically lead to moderate weight loss and improved health – we just can’t predict how each individual will respond due to the fact that everyone is different in terms of genetics, hormones and their environment. But we do know some people will need more specialist support to manage their weight, and your GP is best placed is to talk to about this.
If you and your GP are considering using a commercial weight management programme, here are some things to look for:
Find more tips and information about managing your weight at gov.ie/healthyireland
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