Obesity

When you’re young, it’s important to make sure that you stay a healthy weight.  Being overweight or obese can affect your health.

Sometimes, obesity can be caused by medical conditions. But it is usually caused by eating too much unhealthy food, and not doing enough exercise.

Risks

  • Some people that are overweight, can be bullied or left out. This can affect self esteem and confidence and make some young people reluctant to go to school
  • If you are overweight, it can make you feel very unhappy. This might make you eat more, which may cause you to put on more weight
  • If people make fun of you because of your weight, it might make you reluctant to eat. This could lead to an eating disorder
  • Obesity can seriously affect your health. Heart problems, bone problems and diabetes are just some of the conditions it might cause

Keeping yourself safe

  • Reduce the time that you spend watching TV or playing computer games, and do more exercise if you can.
  • Even small amounts of exercise can make a difference to how you feel about yourself and can help you manage stress
  • If you are worried about your weight, or the effect it is having on your mood, talk to your GP
  • Avoid foods that are high in fat or calories, and replace them with foods that are better for you such as fruit.
  • If you want to lose weight, ask your friends and family for support. You’ll be amazed how much easier it is to lose weight when you’re not doing it alone

Where to get help

Speak to your GP, school nurse, or any other health professional that knows you for advice and support.