NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers the clinical assessment and management of obesity in children, young people and adults. This includes those with established comorbidities and those with risk factors for other medical conditions.

This quality standard does not cover public health strategies to prevent people becoming overweight or obese, or the delivery of lifestyle weight management interventions. These are covered by obesity in children and young people: prevention and lifestyle weight management programmes (NICE quality standard 94) and obesity in adults: prevention and lifestyle weight management programmes (NICE quality standard 111). For more information see the obesity: clinical assessment and management topic overview.

NICE quality standards focus on aspects of health and social care that are commissioned locally. Areas of national policy, such as legislative changes and national programmes, are therefore not covered by this quality standard.