Weight Management

Weight Management is a public health approach used to help people lose weight in a controlled way to obtain a healthier lifestyle and reduce risks associated with obesity and diabetes supplemented with education in nutrition and preparing meals to be effective and safe.

This may include:

  • Education / weight management programmes
  • Developing and maintaining an active lifestyle
  • Focus on nutrition and energy intake / expenditure
  • Emotional support

In some cases, without consciously realising, and if left unchecked by the programme itself some people can find themselves excessively engaging in these management behaviours. This can lead to the development of Eating Disorders therefore self-awareness amongst both the programmes and beneficiaries it is necessary to ensure these behaviours exist in a healthy and safe way.

Signs to look out for

  • Distorted body image
  • Obsessive weighing
  • Obsession with food / diet
  • Excessive calorie counting
  • Compulsive exercising (see Compulsive Exercising page)

Unless medically supervised, don’t cut calories below 1,200 per day. Otherwise, you will struggle to get enough nutrients to fuel your activities especially for adults and young people with a sedentary lifestyle.

Starvation, Fasting or Very Low Calorie Diets

Severely slashing calories will lead to weight loss, but the lost weight includes precious muscle and lowers metabolism with drastic calorie restriction also causing a shift toward a higher percentage of body fat, which increases the risk for metabolic syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes the same risks associated with anorexia and bulimia.

First Steps ED works with some clients with disordered eating seeking to learn about a healthy relationship with food supported by our dietitian’s who are able to support clients to develop their knowledge around nutrition with the objective to adopt a healthy weight aligned to their individual behaviours and environment. 

This is not available to our service users with a clinical eating disorder diagnosis as these clients are already provided this support through our NHS Care Programme Approach (CPA) individual care plan with Derbyshire Eating Disorders Service.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health

This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. 

The NHS provides advise on maintaining healthy diets (this does not cover a healthy relationship with diet and food)

NHS guidance on Healthy Weight

NHS guidance on Eating a Balanced Diet

NHS guidance on Recipes and Tips

NHS guidance on Digestive Health

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