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Healthy Weight

Healthy Weight

The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t short term dietary changes, it is a lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity. Staying in control of your weight contributes to good health now and in the future.
It is natural for anyone trying to lose weight to want to lose it very quickly, but evidence shows that people who lose weight gradually (1-2 pounds / 0.5-1kg per week) are more likely to maintain that weight loss. For most men, this means sticking to a calorie limit of no more than 1,900kcal a day, and 1,400kcal for most women.
See below for some of the options to help you manage and maintain your weight healthily.


Zing is a Somerset County Council contracted service that offers support, resources and signposting to healthy eating, healthy weight and physical activity opportunities. It also offers access to a wide variety of healthy lifestyle topics. You can search the website to find activities to suit you, wherever you are in Somerset and whatever your lifestyle. You

Primary Care

Primary Care is a universal clinical service provided by the NHS to treat ill health, available to everyone. If your weight is causing health problems, you may need to visit your GP for treatment and advice.

Commercial slimming clubs

What different slimming clubs do and offer varies from club to club, but generally, they offer support with weekly group meetings, and online forums. They typically follow a particular food plan and have a membership or attendance fee. Usually, group leaders are previous members who have personal experience of using the plan to lose weight. Some clubs offer

Health Connections Mendip

Health Connections is a way of helping patients of Mendip GP practices and communities in many different ways. For patients living with long-term conditions, it’s about helping them to better manage their condition and live more independently and with empowered lives. Services offered include SMART Goal focused 1:1 support Group self-management courses Signposting to appropriate

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

CAMHS are the NHS services that assess and treat young people under 18 with significant emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties. Their support covers depression, problems with food, self-harm, abuse, violence or anger, bipolar, schizophrenia and anxiety, to name a few. There are local NHS CAMHS services around the UK, with teams made up of nurses,

Community dietetics

People can use this service if they have been seen by a dietitian in primary care and need advice about what to eat and drink for a variety of medical reasons. They can use dietetic counselling to help them self-manage their long-term condition. The service is provided by Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Mental health services

There is a wide variety of mental health information, resources and signposting on various mental health needs available from Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

British Obesity Surgery Patients Association (BOSPA)

BOSPA was launched in December 2003 to provide support and information to the thousands of patients in the UK for whom obesity surgery can provide an enormous benefit. It is a national patient charity, run by patients, for patients and is available to anyone who is going through, or thinking about bariatric surgery.

Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association (SWEDA)

SWEDA is a registered charity offering a range of services throughout Somerset for anyone affected, either personally or professionally, by eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, compulsive eating, binge eating and all related conditions.  

Weight management service

This is a specialist tier 3 weight management service, provided by Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, for adults who have a BMI of greater than 35 with co-morbidities or BMI of greater than 40 with no co-morbidities. The service offers medical, dietetic and psychological interventions for complex obesity and eating disorders. It provides post-operative

Bariatric surgery service

This is a specialist tier 4 bariatric surgery service provided by Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. Gastric bands, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy services are available. Post-operative surgical, dietetic, nursing, anaesthetic and psychological interventions and management of post-operative complications and medical emergencies related to bariatric surgery are included. Assessment and provision of revisional bariatric