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Obesity resources for physicians and patients

Access downloadable resources for obesity. These are designed for you and your patients to optimise obesity management. Explore these tools to support your patients through their weight journey; from providing obesity information, to charting their weight history, and setting meaningful goals to increase your patient’s chance of achieving sustained weight loss. You can also find a comprehensive collection of medical education resources and platforms to support your continued learning and access obesity treatment guidelines.

Obesity resources for you

Click on the resources below to download materials to support your conversations with both adults and children who are living with obesity. The range of resources provides guidance on obesity and broaching obesity management with your patients and childhood obesity. Using the envelope icon allows you to share these resources with colleagues to support them in their clinical practice.

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'5 steps on obesity’ guidance PDF

Obesity stigma can make talking about obesity a sensitive issue. The ‘5 steps on obesity’ guidance document provides support for you to start and continue the conversation to find the right treatment option for your particular patient.

'5 steps on childhood obesity’ guidance PDF

‘5 steps on childhood obesity’ provides support and guidance to allow you to start and continue conversations with children and their families on the topic of obesity and weight management. 

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‘Childhood obesity’ fact sheet

To learn more about the impact of childhood obesity on the lives of your younger patients, download the ‘Childhood obesity’ fact sheet.


Action IO study [summary sheet]

The Awareness, Care and Treatment in Obesity MaNagement – an International Observation (ACTION IO) Study is a groundbreaking international study. It is one of the first and largest studies to investigate barriers to effective obesity care among people with obesity and healthcare professionals in 11 countries worldwide.1,2

You can learn more by downloading our handy Action IO obesity study summary.

ACTION teens Study 

ACTION teens is a global, cross-sectional, quantitative, survey-based study that aims to improve obesity management and treatment for adolescents living with obesity (ALwO). The study has generated evidence to drive awareness of the needs of ALwO and caregivers and identified areas of misalignment among ALwO, caregivers, and healthcare professionals (HCPs). Through better understanding the perceptions and behaviours that may act as barriers to effective obesity management for ALwO, positive steps may be taken to overcome them.3

Approximately 13,000 HCPs, ALwO and caregivers took part from 10 countries.3

You can read the full study results here.

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Talking with patients about obesity management 

Learn more about how an effective obesity management plan starts with skillful and empathetic communication between physician and patient. Discover a series of short films which demonstrate a patient-centered counselling approach to address the topic of obesity management in clinical practice. Obesity medicine specialist, Dr. Michael Crotty describes common obesity conversation scenarios. 

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Obesity Risk Calculator

Access our Obesity Risk Calculator to quickly calculate your patients’ individual risk for obesity-related complications and risk reduction calculated with a weight loss of 13% of total body weight.

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eCME and medical education

View a comprehensive collection of medical education resources and platforms developed to support your continued learning.

These electronic resources allow you to keep up-to-date with the cutting-edge medical advances in obesity research. They also offer opportunities to learn more about crucial aspects of managing your patients with obesity including how to overcome obesity stigma. As well as enabling you to offer the best level of care and support for your patients, you can earn CME points.

Obesity societies and organisations

Obesity societies and organisations offer a range of up-to-date information for healthcare professionals, internationally. Click below to explore obesity societies and organisations worldwide.

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Obesity guidelines

Obesity treatment guidelines and weight-management recommendations provide an evidence-based framework for healthcare professionals. Discover these guidelines and inform your clinical practice.

BMI calculator4

The NHS website provides a useful body mass index (BMI) tool that patients can use to calculate their own BMI, as well as understand what BMI is and how it is calculated.4

Working with your patients to calculate their BMI can help them to understand their current health state and learn more about their weight, including a healthy weight target.4


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Obesity resources to be used with your patients (obesity PDF brochures, pamphlets & more)

Download the documents below for resources to be used with your patients in obesity management. Each resource aims to support your patient on their weight journey. By providing initial information, charting their weight history and setting meaningful goals with your patients, you can provide excellent weight loss support.

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‘Losing weight and sustaining it is hard’ brochure

This obesity brochure helps patients understand the multiple factors which influence body weight. It explains how genetics, environment and hormones can all contribute to making weight loss and maintaining it challenging for those living with overweight and obesity.5,6

Download our PDF on weight management for your patients.

‘Chart your patient’s personal weight history’ worksheet

Understanding and discussing your patient’s weight history is an important part of weight management. Charting this information can provide a valuable insight into understanding triggers for their weight gain. It also documents previous attempts at losing excess weight and the previous challenges encountered.

Download our weight chart template to use with your patients.

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‘Goal setting for weight management’ pamphlet

Once a weight journey has been explored and your patient’s personal challenges identified, you can progress to setting achievable goals together. This leaflet sets out potential approaches to healthy eating and increased physical activity

Download our goal setting weight loss management template for your patients.

If you found these resources valuable, click on the envelope icons above to share them with your colleagues, and support other medical professionals in their daily practice.

  1. Caterson I, Alfadda A, Auerbach P, et al. Gaps to bridge: misalignment between perception, reality and actions in obesity. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2019:21:1914–1924.
  2. Kaplan L, Golden A, Jinnett K, et al. Perceptions of Barriers to Effective Obesity Care: Results from the National ACTION Study. Obesity. Obesity. 2018; 26:61–69.
  3. Halford JCG, Bereket A, Bin-Abbas B, et al. Misalignment among adolescents living with obesity, caregivers, and healthcare professionals: ACTION Teens global survey study. Pediatr Obes. 2022;e12957. Online ahead of print.
  4. NHS choices. Healthy weight calculator tool. Available at https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator/ Last accessed: July 2021.
  5. Wright SM and Aronne LJ. Causes of obesity. Abdominal Imaging. 2012;37:730–732.
  6. National Institutes of Health. Clinical Guidelines On The Identification, Evaluation, And Treatment Of Overweight And Obesity In Adults. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/ob_gdlns.pdf. Last accessed: July 2021.

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