Weight gain occurs when you regularly eat more calories than your body needs for its normal functions or for physical activity.
Risks of not having a healthy weight
More than 7 out of every 10 adults in Thurrock are overweight or obese – this is significantly higher than the average for England.
If you are obese, it means you have a higher risk of developing serious health problems, such as:
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- type 2 diabetes
- breathing problems – sleep apnoea, asthma
- certain cancers
- psychological issues – stress, anxiety and depression
Childhood obesity is also a serious problem
Losing weight means eating fewer calories and burning more energy through physical activity.
Information is available to help you manage a balanced diet.