Weight Management

Weight Management Clinic at Parkside Medical Clinic

If you have any concerns or would like advice ask one of our Patient Navigators for a Healthy Eating Appointment with our HCA.

For a week before the appointment you will asked to keep a food diary. At the appointment you will be weighed and healthy options, portion sizes of food, exercise and the way forward to a healthier lifestyle will be discussed.

If you want to be seen for future appointments you can arrange this with the HCA and your weight can be monitored.

Metabolic Screening Clinic

If you are obese (BMI >30) you are at risk of Metabolic Syndrome. Calculate your BMI using this NHS Choices tool.

What is metabolic syndrome?

This is a collection of risk markers i.e. too big around the waist, raised cholesterol, raised fasting glucose, raised blood pressure- when these are present you have metabolic syndrome. This is an important future indicator for heart disease and diabetes, but it’s not all bad news, this risk can be reduced or even removed.

What happens at the Metabolic screening clinic?

At the clinic you will come along fasted (i.e. no breakfast) , bloods will be taken. The nurse will take your blood pressure and measure your waist line. This information will be looked at by your doctor to decide if you have metabolic syndrome.

If you have metabolic syndrome, you will be called into the Metabolic Clinic, where the specially trained HCA will see you at regular intervals to check your weight, advise you on diet and exercise. After 1yr of follow up (1month, 3 month, 6 month and 1yr), your measurements and bloods will be repeated  to see if your efforts are reducing your risk for heart disease and diabetes.

Useful Advice & Information

Am I a Healthy Weight?

The Body Mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women. It is defined as the individual’s body mass divided by the square of their height – with the value universally being given in units of kg/m2.

You are a healthy weight if your BMI is:

  • Caucasian: 18.5 – 25
  • Indian, Asian, Oriental: 18.5 – 23

Calculate your BMI using this NHS Choices tool.

Weight in Children

BMI is used differently for children. It is calculated the same way as for adults, but then compared to typical values for other children of the same age. Instead of set thresholds for underweight and overweight, then, the BMI percentile allows comparison with children of the same sex and age. A BMI that is less than the 5th percentile is considered underweight and above the 95th percentile is considered obese for people 20 and under. People under 20 with a BMI between the 85th and 95th percentile are considered to be overweight.

Obesity

Obesity is when you have excess body fat that has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. People are considered obese when their body mass index (BMI) exceeds 30 kg/m2.

Obesity increases the likelihood of various diseases, particularly heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnoea, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. It is usually caused by a combination of excessive food energy intake and lack of physical activity.

For more information and advice on obesity see this website:

Download the below leaflets for help and advice:

Underweight

You are considered underweight if your BMI <18. There are many different causes of being underweight. But it is usually due to lack of food, however illness can also cause it.

Being underweight is just as dangerous for your health as being overweight. Please contact your doctor if you are underweight, especially if you have lost weight suddenly.

Anorexia is an eating disorder of excessive weight loss and usually undue concern about body shape. If you think you or a family member have anorexia, please consult your doctor or see the websites below.

Local Weight Management Facilities in Milton Keynes

Useful National Weight Management websites: