For many, modern life is less physically active than it used to be meaning the excess calories we eat are not burnt off as energy and are instead stored as fat. Healthy eating, along with physical activity
, is the best way to lose weight. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right amounts. To learn more, you may find the following links useful:
- The Eatwell Plate shows how much of what you eat should come from each food group.
- Change 4 Life provides simple tips on how to improve you and your family's health.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing an eating disorder, visit our eating disorders page for more information.
Eating well during pregnancy
A healthy diet is especially important if you're pregnant or planning to have a baby. Eating healthily during pregnancy will help your baby develop and grow. For more information, visit the NHS's Pregnancy Care Planner
Healthy eating for your family
If you have a young family you may be eligible for Healthy Start,
which offers free vouchers every week to spend on milk, fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, infant formula milk and vitamins.
Throughout our lives our nutritional needs change. More information on a healthy diet at different life stages is available below: