Concerns about weight
Obesity is on the increase and if a child is obese now they are more likely to become an obese adult, which could lead to illness and disease. If you know your own height and weight you can work out your Body Mass Index (BMI), which can give you an idea of where your weight puts you and whether you may be overweight. BMI is the scale used for the National Child Measurement Programme which takes place annually in schools.
Obesity can result in diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, and many other illnesses so it is always a good idea to get checked out by your doctor. You should also try your best to combine a balanced diet with regular exercise. Eating more fruit and vegetables along with slow-release carbohydrates such as wholemeal bread and potatoes will help you feel full whilst keeping calories down.
There is support available in Buckinghamshire for children and young people that are overweight or obese.
1 in 3 children in Buckinghamshire is currently overweight or very overweight, and for these children and their families MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it!) is a fun way to learn about becoming fit and healthy.
Spark is a FREE 10-week group programme for children aged 7-13 and their families. The programme consists of fun games and activities helping families make small changes for a BIG difference. You will learn how to make healthier food choices and how to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, whilst becoming more active.
Spark empowers families to make sustainable changes towards a healthier lifestyle. Spark sessions are held in a range of locations across Bucks and are held during the early evening and weekends.
Find out more and enroll with Spark
Overweight young people can also experience emotional difficulties. If you know a young person would benefit from speaking to someone either online, on the phone, or in person, let them know about the free Buckinghamshire counselling service.