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Obesity is the single biggest challenge to women’s health today. It is a particular issue in the Bradford area with income, ethnicity and social deprivation known to have an impact on your weight. 57.2% of women are now classed as overweight or obese, 23.8% of these are classed as obese.
It is estimated that by 2050, 50% of females could be obese.
Compared to a healthy weight woman, if you are obese you are:
- almost 13 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes
- more than four times more likely to develop high blood pressure
- more than three times more likely to have a heart attack
- at greater risk of period problems
- increasing your risk of some cancers, such as cancers of the womb and breast.
Obesity can also reduce your chances of becoming pregnant and have an impact on the outcomes of any pregnancy and the health of any future children you may have.
Most women are aware that maintaining a healthy weight is important for their health and wellbeing. The best way to reduce your weight is to eat healthily and exercise regularly.
There is lots of free online advice that you can follow to reduce your weight. Good places to start are the NHS Choices Live Well website and the Change4Life website. You can also use apps such as MyFitnessPal to monitor your food intake and track your activity levels.
Bradford Council also offer a range of local services to help you and your loved ones better manage your weight, you can find more information on the Bradford Council website.
You can also learn more about obesity and your health on our self-care pages.