Obesity is a common problem in the UK. It is thought to affect around 25% of all adults and around 1 in every 5 children aged 10 to 11.
BMI, or body mass index, is a common method to check if you are a healthy weight. It looks at your weight in relation to your height but is not useful in those who are very muscular as they can have a high BMI reading despite low levels of body fat.
A BMI of between 18.5 to 24.9 means you’re a healthy weight, whereas 25 to 29.9 means you’re overweight, and above 30 means you’re obese. Being obese can increase the risk of developing diabetes, coronary heart disease, some types of cancer, such as breast and bowel cancer, and many other conditions.
The best way to lose weight is by introducing a healthy, reduced-calorie diet and regular exercise. If lifestyle changes alone do not help a medicine called orlistat may be helpful. Orlistat is a drug that can be used to help weight loss, or to help reduce the risk of regaining weight already lost. If taken correctly, orlistat blocks some of the fat that is eaten, keeping it from being absorbed by the body. This medicine must be used together with a reduced-calorie diet.
At City Pharmacy we can provide you with advice on how to lose weight and if appropriate provide you with prescription-strength orlistat to help you reduce weight.
Please note that you will be directed to the Medescribe website in association with the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPA) who provides the online screening process on our behalf. All data is securely kept and is completely confidential.
Click on General health followed by Weight loss and follow the instructions on the screen. The whole process is quick and easy but if you need any assistance please call us on 01733 562045.