All GPs should be able to refer people who are overweight to weight-management services, say 95% of slimmers

Commenting on the results of the poll, Slimming World’s Director of External Affairs Jenny Caven says: “The package of policy measures to tackle obesity that’s been announced by the Government is a positive step forward. Our members, who have real-life experience of the challenges and achievements of weight loss, know better than anyone that to lose weight successfully, people need support. In fact, 89% of those members we polled said having the support of a group of likeminded people was the most important factor in them adopting healthy habits and making long-term changes to lose weight.

“As the Prime Minister himself has acknowledged, losing weight can be tough and changing the habits of a lifetime takes real and sustained effort. In order to achieve their goal of helping people to urgently make changes to their lifestyles, any solution from the Government must address the psychological as well as physiological aspects of losing weight. Providing people with expert, effective, empathetic care and understanding, along with a good sound evidence-based behaviour change programme to help them eat more healthily and become more active, and to do both in ways they can sustain for the long term, is the only way to create lasting change.

“Slimming World already works with the Government via Public Health England as partners in the new Better Health campaign and with the NHS through our ‘slimming on referral’ service. Our research with 1.1 million members shows that on average Slimming World members lose a clinically significant 5% of their body weight (9.9lbs) within three months. Anyone whose weight is affecting their health – and that’s nearly two thirds of adults in the UK – needs to urgently find support to make changes to our lifestyle. Slimming World has the behaviour change expertise and is ready and able both through our local weekly groups and online programme to support members and their families in every community.”

Slimming World introduced a temporary virtual service when lockdown closed its community groups across the UK and Ireland. From Monday 10th August, throughout August and September Slimming World Consultants and members will be safely returning to their much-loved groups in the heart of communities. As well as being able to provide the very best weight-loss support, the health and wellbeing of members and Consultants is Slimming World’s absolute priority. To ensure that every member returning to their group does so feeling as safe, confident and comfortable as they possibly can Slimming World is closely monitoring Government and local authority guidance and supporting its Consultants to ensure full risk assessments are in place and all groups are COVID-19 secure.


Findings from a survey of 1,352 Slimming World members, who were attending a virtual Slimming World group or using Slimming World Online, conducted via Slimming World Online and LifelineOnline, the free site for Slimming World group members. Responses were captured between July 31st and August 6th, 2020.

*Research published in the British Journal of General Practice 2014 shows that at 12 months, Slimming World leads to a greater weight loss than other weight loss programmes. In 2015, an independent economic evaluation by the University of Leeds found that, compared to usual care, Slimming World on Referral is cost-effective against the standards set by NICE at 12 months and over a lifetime.


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