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.

Support for managing your weight

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

Change for Good is a free programme, run by Social Action for Health, focusing on how you can make positive lifestyle choices in your day to day.

Support from your peers is a strong way to stay motivated and 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; 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: ChangeForGood@safh.org.uk.

Further information

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. Slimming World offer two programmes: Food Optimising and Body Magic:

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.

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.

Each of the two programmes 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., or telephone 01773 302459.

What is your BMI (Body Mass Index)?

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

NHS weight loss plan

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

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. The programme 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.

Specialist programmes

Weight Management Disability Service

This specialist disability weight management service is a free exercise and nutrition programme run by Ability Bow.

The programme is suitable for Tower Hamlets residents, aged 18 and older, who are overweight or obese, and living with a physical disability. Through a 12-week programme of focused one-to-one and small group exercise and nutrition sessions, you will be able to:

  • increase your physical activity levels with support from our expert instructors
  • work with a dietician to identify ways to eat healthily and to manage your weight.

You can choose your sessions to be provided in-person or remotely, or a combination of both.

Our specialist, qualified and experienced team will help you to set achievable goals and lose weight. We will also advise you on ways to sustain your weight loss beyond the programme.

Sessions will be run in different areas of Tower Hamlets including Ability Bow Gym, and online.

How to sign up

If you have any questions about joining the programme, please contact simohamed.dahiri@abilitybow.org or telephone 020 89807778.

For health professionals wishing to refer patients, please email nelondon.abilitybowreferrals@nhs.net or telephone 020 89807778.

Weight Management Service for adults with learning disabilities 

The Community Learning Disability Service and Create are introducing a Tier 2 weight management programme to support adults with learning disabilities within Tower Hamlets to lose weight and to develop healthier, more active lifestyles.   

Participants, and their carers, will be supported to develop personalised timetables and identify weekly goals. They will be offered weekly fitness and information sessions over 12 weeks as well as  one-on-one input from health and lifestyle professionals working within the  Community Learning Disability Service.  Some aspects of the course will also be available online.   

If you want to know more about this exciting new programme, please contact the Community Learning Disability Service on 020 7771 5500 or email elft.cldsadmin@nhs.net.