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Overview

Weighing too much or too little can increase your risk of developing a range of health conditions.

By watching your weight and staying within a healthy range that is right for you, you can:

  • reduce your risk of developing the serious conditions below
  • improve your levels of fertility
  • feel more confident and motivated
  • have more energy and find it easier to be active
  • have a stronger immune system

Conditions related to being overweight or obese include:

  • coronary heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • stroke
  • type 2 diabetes
  • osteoarthritis
  • some types of cancer
  • liver disease
  • asthma
  • sleep apnoea
  • fertility problems

Being underweight is linked to:

  • osteoporosis
  • poor muscle strength
  • reduced immune system so you’re more likely to get infections
  • increased risk of heart problems
  • fertility problems