If your weight is concerning you, or the weight of a loved one or someone you care for is concerning you,
there are a range of services in Solihull that can support you.
Many of these services are linked to your body mass index (commonly referred to as BMI). It is a measure of your weight in relation to your height.
If you know your weight in kilograms (kg) and height in metres (m) you can check your body mass index by
dividing your weight by your height, then dividing the answer by your height again to get your BMI.
You can check your BMI using the NHS BMI healthy weight calculator.
Maintaining a healthy weight in Solihull
A number of options are available to support you if you want to start slimming, lose weight and maintain your weight loss in Solihull. Whether you are a young person, older, male or female, you should be able to find just the help you need, information and advice you need.
Weight management services in Solihull
Local free weight management services such as Weight Watchers and MAN v FAT for men’s weight management are available by self-referral, where you get in touch yourself, or referral through a medical professional. Medical professionals include your GP, a member of your hospital care team or other healthcare providers.
Specialist dietetic support is also available for those requiring special diets for a medical condition and food planning.
You can contact Solihull Connect on 0121 704 6000 for more information about weight management services in Solihull.
Healthy eating cookery courses are also offered by Weight Management Services Solihull.
Weight management drop-in
Informal weight management drop in sessions are held at a number of venues throughout the borough, offering you the opportunity to:
“Drop in for free, informal support and advice about making healthy lifestyle changes and losing weight”
You can find out more about the sessions:
- by calling Solihull Connect on 0121 704 6000
- by visiting the healthy eating page
Men’s weight loss service from MAN v FAT
There are more obese men than women in the UK today, and yet men are far less likely to attend a weight loss group such as Weight Watchers.
The problem is because men often see these types of weight loss groups as ‘female spaces’.
If you are a man and your weight is worrying you there is a dedicated Solihull weight management service for men.
The service is provided by MAN v FAT.
MAN v FAT is paid by Solihull Council to provide weight loss management groups and health checks for men in the borough. It provides a male orientated, flexible and fact based, men only service.
Visit the MAN v FAT website to see what it takes to be an Amazing Loser.
To start your fight against fat you can choose to:
- contact MAN v FAT directly by phone on 0800 020 9535 (Find out about call charges in the UK)
- call Solihull Connect on 0121 704 6000
Solihull Active works in partnership with Weight Management Services Solihull and has a number of initiatives to help you manage your weight and improve your lifestyle. These are also available by self referral.
If you have a body mass index of 30 to 45 (BMI 30 - BMI 45), a free 12 to 24 week access to Weight Watchers is also available.
You can visit a Solihull Connect walk in centre to learn more, or contact Solihull Connect by calling 0121 704 6000.
The Weight Watchers course vouchers are also available if you have a body mass index over 45 (BMI 45+). You are also entitled to a more intensive weight management service which your GP can put you in contact with.
A wide range of other Solihull Active Team initiatives and services are also available to help you achieve and maintain a fit, full and active lifestyle.
Children and Family weight management
Services to support healthy eating and weight management are available for families with children under 16 years old.
Families with children who have been identified as obese through the National Child Measurement Programme in schools, or where health professionals have a concern about the weight of a child can be referred to the 12 week programme, Eat Well Move More, which includes:
- cooking well and eating healthily
- learning how to change daily routines so that a healthier lifestyle becomes a habit
The programme is designed for your child’s age group, and is highly interactive fun whilst learning.
Mums and dads, brothers and sister and carers are invited too, with the whole family approach to making changes shown to work best.
If you are worried that you, a friend, family member or someone you provide care for is underweight, it is important that you seek medical advice from a doctor immediately.
Being underweight can often be more damaging to your health than being overweight, while there are often underlying medical conditions causing weight loss.
Checking your body mass index will let you know whether you are a healthy weight or not.
If your body mass index is below 17.5 (BMI 17.5) you should visit your GP as soon as possible. For most adults, a good body mass index range is 18.5 – 24.9.
If you are concerned about a child being underweight, the NHS website explains how BMI for young people is interpreted differently.
The NHS also provides excellent advice and information for managing the weight of those with learning difficulties.
Maintaining a healthy weight with the NHS
Your GP is also able to discuss suitable options for you, such as:
- helping you to eat more healthily
- advising you how you can increase your physical activity
- referring you to Weight Management Services Solihull (WMS Solihull)
You can also stay healthy at your local library and browse the health and wellbeing services available in the Solihull Directory.
The NHS Choices website is also an invaluable source of information.
With advice, discussion and the latest news on how you can live a healthy lifestyle, it has information on a range of topics, including:
It also has a number of tools, such as smartphone and tablet apps and online guides to help you with:
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