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Lose weight

If you want to lose weight there are a number of ways that NHS West Sussex can help. We know that it isn’t easy, that sometimes it can be hard – but we also know that the effort and reward will be well worth it.

Why should I lose weight?

Being overweight can be linked to many long-term health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.  It can also lead to problems with joints, especially knees. 

Losing weight generally helps us feel fitter, happier and more able to take on the world. But no doctor, nurse, dietitian or other health professional can do this for you – you have to do it yourself. 

Our groups and professionals can help you, they can give you information, they can provide ideas and motivation – but it's down to you to see it through.

If you feel like you need some extra support or encouragement to help you with your weight loss then have a look at our Weight loss services in West Sussex page to find a weight management group in your local area.

Top tips for weight loss

You could also use these 5 tips to get you started on your weight loss journey:

  1. Start the day with a healthy breakfast.
  2. Keep a food and activity diary for a week. Find out more on the Weightwise website
  3. Swap big plates for smaller plates: you’ll have a smaller portion.
  4. Choose low fat versions of spreads and salad dressings and use these sparingly.
  5. Be more active by increasing the number of steps you walk each day.

Where to get help in West Sussex

For adults:


We have a number of GP practices which offer free 10-week food and physical activity courses around West Sussex. 

To be eligible for these you must have a body mass index (BMI) over 30, or over 28 with other conditions. 

Adults can also take advantage of the Why Weight? service, where you can choose from a range of community-based weight management groups across West Sussex to support you with your weight loss.

Visit Weight loss services in West Sussex to find out more.

For children:

Children running

Children's services are currently being reviewed in West Sussex. We will update this page as soon as new programmes are in place.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about your child's weight, please speak to your GP or another healthcare professional, such as your school nurse.

Need an extra bit of encouragement?

The following 'wellbeing websites' have lots of tips, help and support to help you lose weight, and lead a healthy life: