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Gateway to a Healthier You

Embarrassing Fat Bodies has explored some of the wider health complications associated with being obese. If you’re carrying a few extra pounds, help is at hand. Take a look below at our best of the web when it comes to weight loss, health and fitness.

We’ve endeavoured to ensure that everything featured on this page is reputable, informative, genuinely helpful and free for you to use. What are you waiting for? The best time to become a fitter you is right now.

Help from Channel 4

My HealthChecker
Take up to 19 free online health tests, including tests for BMI, body fat percentage, diabetes risk and pulse and heart rate. Also available as an iOS app.

Embarrassing Bodies Kids Health Checker
Check the general health of your child and identify risk factors, so they can lead a healthier life.

Obesity Condition Guide
NHS-approved advice on obesity and its potential complications, approved by the NHS.

Doctor Response Video: Obesity
Dr Christian answers the most commonly-asked questions about obesity, taken from comments left across the Embarrassing Bodies website.

Interactive Case Video: Weight Gain and Diabetes
Dr Shaw Somers and Dr Dawn offer advice to a patient about his weight gain and diabetes. The video player is embedded with lots of useful links to related material.

The Food Hospital: Diabetes
Find out the positive impact of different food groups on diabetes.

The Food Hospital: Fatty Liver Disease
Get information on lifestyle changes that could reduce the effects of fatty liver disease.

The Food Hospital: Cholesterol
Scientifically sound information on the food groups that will both increase and reduce levels of cholesterol.

The Food Hospital: Obesity
Find out the causes, effects and dietary changes that can prevent you from becoming obese, or help to shift the pounds if you’re already in that category.

Supersize vs Superskinny: Food and Feelings
This article can help you to identify and manage unhealthy feelings around food.

Supersize vs Superskinny: Small Steps to Healthier Eating
Practical advice on how to gradually but permanently improve your diet.

Help from NHS Choices

NHS Health and Fitness Portal
Get fit with instructional home workouts, fitness tips and an exhaustive collection of practical, helpful material.

NHS Couch to 5K Challenge
An easy-to-follow programme designed to get anybody and everybody from the couch to running five kilometres in just nine weeks.

NHS 5K+ Podcasts
If you’ve mastered running five kilometres, these podcasts will help move you on to the next step with advice and music to regulate your runs.

NHS Strength and Flex Fitness Portal
Advice on overcoming exercise obstacles, how to exercise anywhere, five week training programmes and much more besides.

Video: How to Keep Fit With a Disability
Keeping fit with a disability is easier than you may think, especially when you can learn from the experiences of other people who have limited mobility.

NHS Healthy Eating Hub
More or less everything you could possibly want to know about healthy eating, including practical tips, easy and delicious recipes and all the support information you’ll need to make a positive change to your diet.

NHS Weight Loss Hub
Phenomenally comprehensive advice on every aspect of weight loss, from how to get started to understanding the foods that cause weight gain.

NHS Web Apps

NHS What’s Your Sport? App
Take the test to discover sports you’re best suited to, and the ones you’ll enjoy most.

NHS Exercise for Older People Web App
How to perform a vast range of exercises that are suitable for the elder amongst us.

NHS 5 a Day Shopping Planner
Create a weekly five a day meal planner and shopping list in five simple steps.

Change4Life Recipe Finder
A huge range of healthy recipes for all cooking abilities.

Change4Life Active Holiday Planner
The whole family can get active with a whole host of ideas to keep your flock both healthy and entertained.

Dr Christian’s Advice

Why Diets Don’t Work
Dr Christian explains why diets are likely to fail, and spills the beans on more effective ways to lose weight.

What Should I be Eating?
If you’re struggling to maintain a healthy diet then this piece Dr C penned for At Home magazine might just be for you.

Eat Your Way to Health: Top 10 Tips
Quick tips from Dr C on the foods that’ll dramatically improve your health.

Six Top Tips for Health Success
Some really quickfire pointers to get you on the road towards healthy living.

Support Organisations

British Dietetic Association
The BDA is the professional association and trade union for dieticians with good advice on finding a trustworthy dietician.

Teen Weight Wise (BDA)
Food and healthy eating advice fro teens from the BDA.

British Nutrition Foundation – BNF
BNF provide information about nutrition for everyone, from pregnancy to old age.

Overeaters Anonymous
Offering support and advice for eating disorders; a list of local support groups in the UK is available online.
Information: 07000 784 985

Weight Concern Anonymous
Providing information about obesity health issues and campaigning for better prevention and treatment.

The International Size Acceptance Association – ISAA
ISAA aim to promote acceptance regardless of weight or body size.

Weight Wise
Offering advice on eating, losing weight and controlling your diet.

Diabetes UK
Offering support to anyone living with diabetes.
Careline: 0845 120 2960 (lines open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)

British Heart Foundation – BHF
Offering information and advice to help reduce the risk of a heart or circulatory related illness, also supporting anyone living with a heart condition. The helpline is staffed by cardiac nurses and information officers, and aims to support medical advice given by a GP or consultant.
Helpline: 0300 330 3311 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)

Patient UK
Provides information on surgery for obesity, plus suitability, what is involved and any dangers.

BOSPA – British Obesity Surgery Patients Association
Providing support and information to patients considering obesity surgery, a directory of Bariatric (obesity) Surgeons is available online.

Important Notice

The information provided on this website (including any NHS Choices medical information) is for use as information or for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. We do not warrant that any information included within this site will meet your health or medical requirements. This Embarrassing Bodies site does not provide any medical or diagnostic services so you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.

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