This guideline covers multi-component lifestyle weight management services including programmes, courses, clubs or groups provided by the public, private and voluntary sector. The aim is to help people lose weight and become more physically active to reduce the risk of diseases associated with obesity. This includes coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and various cancers.

NICE has also produced guidelines on: obesity identification and management and the local strategic approach to obesity.

This guideline does not cover: prevention, pharmacological treatments or specialist weight management services. It also does not cover pregnant women or adults with a range of complex conditions.

Recommendations

This guideline includes recommendations on:

Who is it for?

  • Commissioners
  • Health professionals
  • Providers of lifestyle weight management programmes
  • Adults who are overweight or obese, their families and other members of the public

Is this guideline up to date?

Next review: 2017

Guideline development process

How we develop NICE guidelines

This guideline replaces section 1.1.7 of obesity prevention NICE guideline CG43 (2006).

This guideline was previously called managing overweight and obesity in adults – lifestyle weight management services.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

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