Obesity - Preventing obesity
NHS Choices Medical Reference
The best way to prevent becoming overweight, or obese, is by eating healthily and exercising regularly.
As obese children also tend to be obese in later life, it is important for parents to set the right example for their children from an early age. See Change4Life for diet and exercise advice for all the family.
You can find more detailed advice about eating a health diet in the Health A-Z, including what you should be eating from the main food groups and how much you should be drinking every day.
The Live Well section contains advice on:
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced a booklet called Treatment for people who are overweight or obese (PDF, 484kb). It covers NHS care and treatment of people who are overweight or obese in England and Wales.
NICE has also published Preventing obesity and staying a healthy weight (PDF, 666kb), a booklet about the prevention of obesity and staying a healthy weight. It aims to help you understand when you might need help and where you can go to get support.