Managing your weight

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Eating well, moving more, and getting your weight on track has many health benefits, reducing your risk of developing health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

What is your BMI (Body Mass Index)?

Find your body mass index (BMI) using the BMI calculator.

Support for weight management

There is a range of support available nationally and in Tower Hamlets to help you to achieve a healthy weight.

Community weight management service

The service is for residents or those registered with a GP in Tower Hamlets. You must:

  • be aged 18 or over
  • have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, or
  • have a BMI of 27.5 if you are South Asian.

Change for Good by Social Action for Health

Change for Good is a free programme that focuses on how you can make positive lifestyle choices in your day to day.

Support from your peers is a strong way to stay motivated. This is central to the course. The team want to bring people together in an encouraging and supportive way. You can also share experiences and hear inspirational stories from your peers. This is a good reminder that you are all on this journey together.

The course is made up of 12 one-hour online sessions which run over 12 weeks. Sessions will be run in different languages by local, qualified, and experienced tutors.

One focus of the course is weight loss, which the team approach this in a holistic way. The group will explore together what a healthy diet is. You will learn skills to help you:

  • set achievable goals
  • control cravings
  • prevent weight regain.

The group will also look at how you can start healthy, long-term habits in a steady and safe way.

If you have any questions or need help working out your body mass index (BMI), telephone: 07969 023 218 or email:

More details, including a self-referral form, can be found by visiting Change for Good.

Slimming World

Slimming World offers weekly group support to help you make gradual changes towards a healthy lifestyle.

Food Optimising

The Food Optimising eating plan is based around satisfying your appetite. Eat healthy everyday foods like:

  • fruit and vegetables
  • pasta
  • potatoes
  • eggs
  • fish
  • lean meat and chicken, so that you never go hungry.

It’s a long term plan, not a quick fix, so no food is banned. Whatever your favourite treat is, you can still enjoy it in moderation.

Visit Slimming World - Food Optimising for more details.

Body Magic

Slimming World’s optional Body Magic programme motivates you to become more active gradually, when you feel ready. It works by redefining what is seen as activity. So anything that gets you moving more, from washing the car to walking the dog, is rewarded and counts towards your weekly total.

As a member, you will be motivated and encouraged in hour-long weekly sessions run over 12 weeks.

It is a warm, supportive environment. Alongside your fellow slimmers, you can share:

  • experiences
  • recipes
  • ideas.

Groups are led by trained Slimming World consultants. All are former members and have lost weight on the plan themselves. Your weight always remains confidential and your weight losses and gradual changes towards a healthy lifestyle are celebrated.

For more information visit Slimming World - Body Magic.

All of this will be combined with ongoing use of social media, and access to Slimming World’s app and member-only website.

For further information and to check if you are eligible visit Slimming World.

Contact: Telephone 01773 302459.

Way to wellness specialist weight management service

Way to Wellness is a 12-month programme that aims to help residents lose weight and improve their overall health with personalised support from a team of healthcare professionals.

Who is eligible?

Our Way to Wellness weight management service, delivered by Oviva, is free for eligible residents.

The service is for residents or those registered with a GP in Tower Hamlets. You must:

  • be aged 18 or over
  • have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more
  • AND have a long term condition such as diabetes, OR
  • have a BMI of 33 or over if you are South Asian with a long term condition, OR
  • have a BMI of 40 or over without any other health conditions
  • be fully motivated and fully committed to taking part in the whole 12-month programme.
How it works

The course starts with intensive coaching for three months to help make new healthy habits, followed by nine months of support to help people to keep the weight off for good.

Residents can either choose to join group sessions or have one-to-one coaching over the telephone or via the Oviva app, meaning you do not need to travel for appointments.

Both options offer support from a healthcare team including dietitians, health coaches, psychologists, psychological wellbeing practitioners and exercise therapists.

Next steps

If you feel you would benefit from dedicated support to improve your health, please speak to your GP practice to see if you are eligible to join Oviva Way to Wellness.

For more details, including how to sign up to the programme online, visit: Oviva - Tower Hamlets.

NHS Digital Weight Management Programme

The Digital Weight Management Programme offers free, online access to weight management services. The programme will support you to develop healthier eating habits, be more active and lose weight, with lots of structured support available on your smartphone, tablet or computer.  It takes 12 weeks to complete.

You can access the programme through a referral from your GP practice. To use this service you must:

  • be aged 18 or over
  • have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, or 27.5 for people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds
  • also have diabetes or high blood pressure, or both.

To find more information about the programme visit NHS Digital Weight Management.

NHS weight loss plan

Download the free NHS Weight Loss Plan app to help you start healthier eating habits, be more active and start losing weight.

You can also download the printable PDF guide

Find out 12 tips to help you lose weight.

Sign up for weight loss email support.

Eat well

Download the NHS Easy Meals app for delicious, easy meal ideas. You can also create your own shopping list. For details visit NHS - Better Health.

Find out top tips on how to eat healthily on a budget.

Get active

No matter how much you do, physical activity is good for your body and mind.

Download the Couch to 5K app to help you gradually work up towards running 5km in just nine weeks. For details visit NHS - Better Health.

Download the Active 10 app. It’s easier than you think to fit brisk walking into your day with the free walking tracker app. For details visit NHS - Better Health.

In Tower Hamlets, nearly one in eight children aged 4 to 5 and over one in four children aged 10 to 11 are obese. This is set to cause health and wellbeing issues for these children for the rest of their lives.

You can check your child’s Body Mass Index (BMI) using the BMI calculator.

Start4Life provides help and advice during pregnancy, birth and the early years of parenthood. For details visit Start4life.

Change4Life provides simple advice and guidance to help you and your family be healthier and happier. For details visit Change4life .

Five key ways you can help your child maintain a healthy weight

  1. be a good role model
  2. encourage 60 minutes, and up to several hours, of physical activity a day:
  3. keep to child-sized portions
  4. eat healthy meals, drinks and snacks
  5. less screen time and more sleep