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Being a healthy weight no matter what your age is vital

Being overweight places increased risk on your long-term health and can even decrease life expectancy.

Making positive food and active lifestyle choices from a young age and carrying this into adulthood is essential in maintaining a healthy weight.

Fad diets may seem like a quick fix solution and achieve short-term weight loss, but are proven to be ineffective in long-term weight loss. Following a sensible eating plan and regular exercise routine are the basics of maintaining a healthy weight.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a system that helps assess whether or not you are a healthy weight and based on your height.

You can also use the following NHS links to complete a healthy eating self-assessment and fitness self-assessment.

Let's Bounce Back!

For over 18s with a BMI of 25-35

There are FREE 12-week Healthy Weight programmes now available for a limited time

What can you expect?

  • 12 FREE weekly sessions at a local centre
  • Your choice of free activity through BH Live
  • Be supported and meet other people on the same journey as you
  • Learn how to get active improving your lifestyle and health
  • Learn about healthier food choices

For more information and programme dates email

Check your BMI using the NHS online BMI calculator

Pompey Fit Fans

For those aged 35-65 with a BMI 28+

There are FREE 12-week Fit Fan programmes now available for a limited time

What can you expect?

  • 12 FREE weekly sessions at your local football club
  • Meet other football fans on the same journey as you
  • Learn how to make better choices to improve your lifestyle and health
  • Be supported through your journey by club staff

For more information and programme dates

Find out more about the Fit Fan programme and to register visit:

Check your BMI using the NHS online BMI calculator

Losing weight

For anyone who doesn’t meet the criteria for the free programmes above, there are a number of services available in Portsmouth to help you lose weight by providing you with information on making healthier food, as well as activity choices to both lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.

Children's weight loss

If your child is overweight, making small, simple changes to your diet and activity levels as a family can encourage and support your child towards a healthier weight.

Being a healthy weight is important as overweight children tend to grow into overweight adults – so setting good lifestyle habits during childhood is vital.

There is lots of advice available from the NHS to support parents with an overweight child:

If you are concerned about your child’s weight or eating, please discuss it with your doctor, practice nurse, Health Visitor or School Nurse. They will be able to provide specialist advice, and refer you to further services if required. For example, there are weekly clinics at Queen Alexandra Hospital, which offer individual consultations on weight loss, dietary and nutritional issues and include a specialist weight loss clinic for children up to 16 years of age.

  • Nutrition and Dietetic Services, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth PO6 3LY – phone 023 9228 6000 extension 4662

Adult weight loss

There are a number of services available in Portsmouth to help you to make healthier food choices or to help you lose weight.

Your doctor, practice nurse or other health professional may refer you to a weekly clinic at St Mary’s and Queen Alexandra hospitals which offer individual consultations regarding weight loss, diet and diabetes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or other dietary and nutritional issues including eating disorders.

You may also refer yourself to a community weight management service such as:

The Wellbeing Service

The Wellbeing Service offers free support to help you quit smoking, drink less alcohol, eat well and move more. It’s available at venues across Portsmouth.

The Service provides both one-to-one and group support to help you make healthy changes to your diet so that you can lose weight and keep it off. Their Wellbeing Workers can give you information and advice about things like portion size, reading food labels and knowing what quantity of different food groups you should be eating each day.

You can contact the Wellbeing Service directly or be referred through your GP. Telephone 023 9229 4001 or email

There is more information about eating well and moving more on the Wellbeing Service page.

Overcoming eating disorders

There are several different types of eating disorder, but the most common are anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Eating disorders are mental health conditions that all involve an unhealthy relationship with food and eating, and often an intense fear of being overweight.

Download the Portsmouth eating disorders service leaflet below, or follow the link for NHS information and how to get help to overcome eating disorders.