The latest figures from Public Health England show that in the UK more than six out of ten men, and more than five out of ten women are now overweight.
Closer to home, nearly a quarter of Derbyshire's population are now classed as obese (24.7 percent) and this can lead to serious long term conditions such as diabetes or heart disease.
Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in England.
Excess weight can make it more difficult for people to find and keep work and it can also affect self-esteem and mental health.
We're responsible for making sure that there are weight management services in place in Derbyshire.
From losing a few pounds to personalised, long term, weight loss programmes, there are lots of options on offer.
Live Life Better Derbyshire
There are local services available to support adults who want to lose weight.
Live Life Better Derbyshire is a countywide health and wellbeing service that aims to encourage long term lifestyle and behaviour changes. They offer personalised weight management services for people aged 16 or over. To find out more speak to your GP or get in touch directly.
Tel: 0800 085 2299 or 01629 538200
Or visit Live Life Better Derbyshire (opens in a new window) for more information.
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Keeping fit and leading an active lifestyle is also an important part of weight management.
There are lots of groups and organisations around the county that offer activities, sport and support to help you get active and lose some weight.
For more information visit our active lifestyles page.
Making sure that children and young people are fit, active and a healthy weight is important.
In the UK one in five reception aged children are now classed as overweight or obese, but this rises to one in three children in year 6.
Derbyshire has better than average levels of childhood obesity, but there's still lots of work to be done to make sure all our children are happy, healthy and fit for life.
We support initiatives to make sure this can happen, including breastfeeding support, exercise, health and nutrition schemes on our baby and toddler health page.
Find out more about some of the work that we're supporting:
Health, Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young
Health, Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young (opens in a new window) (HENRY) is a countywide healthy lifestyle programme for parents of pre-school age children.
The Five60 programme
The Five60 programme aims to get school children thinking about making healthy choices and gives them the information they need to help them do it.
Sometimes it's the simplest things that can make the biggest difference. That's why we've launched our new health eating campaign Be Portion Size Wise. It's all about how making small changes to the amount you eat can make a big difference to your health.