Information for the public
A range of professionals who specialise in different areas of treatment or support may be involved in your care. These could include doctors, specialist nurses, dietitians, psychologists, physiotherapists, exercise specialists and bariatric surgeons. All of these professionals will be trained and experienced in providing personalised support and care for people who are overweight or obese, and this will be given in suitably-equipped, appropriate settings.
Your care team should talk with you about obesity. They should explain any tests, treatments or support you should be offered so that you can make an informed choice of what is best for you. For adults, your family or carer can be involved in helping to make decisions, but only if you agree. For children and young people, your parent or carer may be involved in helping to make decisions depending on your age. There are lists of questions on obesity in general, lifestyle and diet, medicine for obesity and surgery you can use to help you talk with your care team.
You may also like to read NICE's information for the public on Patient experience in adult NHS services. This sets out what adults should be able to expect when they use the NHS. We also have more information on the NICE website about using health and social care services.
Some treatments or care described here may not be suitable for you. If you think that your treatment does not match this advice, talk to your care team.