​Healthy eating

Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the most important things you can do to keep healthy and well. Eating healthily is simple. Try:

  • eating a wide range of foods;
  • eating lots of fruit and vegetables;
  • keeping an eye on your calorie intake; and 
  • drinking plenty of water.

You can find a range of advice, tools and healthy eating facts and local services available to help you on the Southwark Council website and the NHS Choices healthy eating pages. You can learn how to prepare healthy meals for your family, achieve a balanced diet and how to become an expert calorie counter. For specific information on eating well with type 1 and type 2 diabetes go to the living with diabetes page.

Maintaining a healthy weight

Being overweight or obese is generally caused by consuming more calories, particularly those in fatty and sugary foods, than you burn off through physical activity. The excess energy is stored by the body as fat. Making small simple changes to what and how much you're eating and drinking and your level of activity can help you lose weight. 

People come in all shapes and sizes and a healthy weight for you might be different to your friends and family. Body mass index (BMI) is widely used as a simple and reliable way of finding out whether a person is a healthy weight for their height.

The NHS Choices website also gives you information about the health risks associated with obesity and more tips on how to lose weight and also a BMI calculator

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