Check if you’re a healthy weight

One way to check if you’re a healthy weight, is to work out your body mass index. This is known as your BMI. You can use the BMI healthy weight calculator to check your BMI, or check your child’s BMI.

Your BMI result is helpful, but should only be used as a guide. Find out about the limitations of the BMI on the NHS website. 

If you have an eating disorder, the BMI calculator results don’t apply. 

Eat a healthy diet

Eating a balanced diet can help you get to a healthy weight. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right amounts. The Eat Well Guide shows how much of each food group you should eat to be healthy.

Find out more about how to eat a balanced diet on the NHS website.

If you’re pregnant or have a child under four year old, find out if you could get Healthy Start vouchers to buy some basic foods. 

Find support and advice about how to keep you and your children healthy, on the Change4Life website. 

To find out what’s inside popular food and drink, download the free food scanner app.

For healthier options when eating out, look out for the Healthy Choice award logo. Business showing the logo prepare, cook and serve meals in a healthier way.

For support to learn to cook, eat a healthy diet, grow your own food and waste less food, visit the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership website. 

Be active

Being active helps you stay healthy or can improve your health. 

Find out how much activity is recommended by the NHS for each age group, and what the health benefits are. 

Find local activities, sports clubs and other ways to get active

Get support to lose weight and eat healthily

To get support from our Healthy Lifestyles Team, fill in the online support form, send an email to healthylifestyles@brighton-hove.gov.uk, or phone 01273 294 589.

Support includes weight management courses by Beezee Bodies for adults and families. Adults over 18 years old can also get one to one support from our Health Trainers.

NHS UK also have information and advice to support you if you think you're underweight.

More information

If you want to lose weight, you could start the Free NHS Weight Loss Plan.

Find out how a balanced diet can protect your heart from the British Heart Foundation.

Find out more about how to have a healthy diet, and tips for putting this into practice from the British Nutrition Foundation.