If you are overweight or obese, visit your doctor to find out if you are at increased risk of health problems, and how you can safely lose weight.
Things to talk to your doctor about include:
- any underlying causes for your obesity – for example, if you are on certain medicine or have a medical condition that causes weight gain
- your lifestyle – particularly your diet and how much physical activity you do, and also whether you smoke, and how much alcohol you drink
- how you feel about being overweight – for example, if you are feeling depressed about it
- how motivated you are to lose weight
- your family history of obesity and other health conditions, such as diabetes (a condition caused by too much glucose in the blood)
As well as calculating your BMI, your doctor may also perform tests including measuring your blood pressure, the distance around your waist, as well as glucose (sugar) and lipid (fat) levels in your blood.Obese pre-schoolers bullied and struggling to sleep
Eight per cent of four-year-olds who had a before school health check were obese, recent data shows. Many parents of obese children are unaware of the problem.
- Children as young as four are being bullied and suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and joint pain as a result of being unhealthily over-weight, an expert says.
Children as young as four are being bullied and suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and joint pain as a result of being unhealthily over-weight, an expert says.
Pre-schoolers are being bullied and suffering from sleep problems and joint pain as a result of being overweight, a child obesity expert warns.
Many parents are unaware their children are fat, making weight-loss an uphill battle, the expert says.