The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Managing your 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.

Patients who are overweight and obese are at higher risk of complications from their surgery. This means the operation may take longer and you are more likely to have wound infections or need another operation if you do not recover well.

You may have heard of BMI (body mass index), which is a way to measure whether you are at a healthy weight for your age and height. The higher your BMI, the higher your chance of there being complications from your operation.


  • Active Leeds for Health - support from health & wellbeing coaches - complete a self referral form
  • Am I a healthy weight? - find out if you're a healthy weight for your height, by working out your body mass index (BMI).
  • Try Club - a free 12-week weight management programme developed in partnership with Leeds Rhinos Foundation and Public Health Leeds. The sessions are both classroom and pitch based to support you to make and maintain healthier choices.