Being overweight, or significantly underweight can put you at great risk of having complications during surgery. Not only this it can impact negatively on your health as you get older.

Its important you keep track of your BMI to know if you are at risk of becoming over or under weight. You can find out your BMI by visiting: BMI calculator | Check your BMI – NHS | Please fill in your details (

Losing weight

If you’re overweight, losing weight has many health benefits. Making small, simple changes to what and how much you are eating and drinking can really help you lose the pounds.

For practical advice on how to lose weight please visit: Lose weight – Better Health – NHS (

If you are struggling to lose weight and your BMI is between 25-40 and you are above the age of 18, you may be eligible for Barnsley Premiere Leisure’s (BPL) 12-week Weight Management Programme. Find out more: bpl | Barnsley Premier Leisure

BPL also offer a Health and Wellbeing Coach service that can be requested via your GP. They will work with you to increase your motivation, build confidence and help you put your goals into practice.

Gaining weight

Being underweight can be just as harming to your health. It can contribute to a weakened immune system, fragile bones, a lack of energy all of which can add to complications when needing surgery.

For practical advice on how to gain weight healthily, please visit: Underweight adults – NHS (

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