If you are very overweight, HCA UK's experts can evaluate your health risks and discuss your weight loss options.

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At HCA UK, our team of experts specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of a range of weight-related conditions, including obesity. This is where more calories (energy) are consumed than are burned off through physical activity. As a result, the excess energy is stored as body fat which can lead to a number of health-related problems.

Need to know

In the UK, one in every four adults and one in every five children aged 10 and 11 is classed as obese.

BMI is a widely used measure of your health in relation to weight. It is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres, and generally if you have a BMI of between 30 to 39.9 you are classed as obese.

Obesity is linked to serious and potentially life-threatening diseases such as:

  • coronary heart disease
  • type 2 diabetes
  • stroke
  • some cancers including bowel cancer and breast cancer

Obesity be caused by: genetics, an unhealthy diet, inactivity and medical conditions such as Prader-Willi syndrome and Cushing's syndrome.

Your GP or consultant will discuss your symptoms with you. Tests they may recommend include:

  • Measuring your waist circumference: men with a waist circumference of at least 94cm/37in and women with a waist circumference of at least 80cm/31.5in are classed as being obese
  • Measuring your blood pressure
  • Asking about your lifestyle and previous medical history
  • Blood tests to analyse your blood sugar (glucose) and cholesterol levels

Treatment options for your obesity depend on the nature of your condition. Your GP or consultant may recommend:

  • Counselling such as cognitive-behaviour-therapy (CBT) to help you better manage your eating and drinking habits
  • Weight loss surgery
  • A diet and exercise plan with the support of your GP or consultant
  • Anti-obesity medication

Our Obesity locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London

The Physicians' Clinic

14 Devonshire Street W1G 7AE London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.