Healthy weight

Healthy weight

Maintaining a healthy weight can bring a positive lifestyle; increasing confidence, health and happiness. If you’re carrying excess weight it means you’re more likely to suffer medical conditions including Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and certain cancers, including breast and bowel. You also have an increased chance of suffering a stroke and a heart attack and weight issues are also linked to depression.

To find out if you're a healthy weight for your height, you need to work out your body mass index (BMI). You can easily check your BMI by using this BMI calculator. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy. The BMI calculator can also be used to check if your child is a healthy weight.

There is a lot of advice and support available to help you or your child to achieve a healthy weight.  

Further information and support - Devon

  • One Small Step is a service set up and funded by Devon County Council to guide and support you through small steps to achieve a healthier you.

Further information and support - UK

Last updated: March 31, 2022.