Obesity management guidelines and resources

Resources for working with your patients

Explore our resources above to access useful tools to use with your patients living with obesity. Each resource aims to support you with a specific aspect of working with your patients, from how to begin the discussion about weight, to setting meaningful goals your patients can stick to.

Use a BMI calculator1

The NHS has 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.1

Work with your patients to calculate their BMI to help them understand their current health state.1

Discover other resources to help you to support your patients 

Explore the below resources for additional support on working effectively with your patients with obesity:

Do you know about the ACTION Study?

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

You can learn more about the study here.

The ACTION Study has previously been conducted on a national scale in the US3 and Canada4 and full results of the US study can be accessed on ACTIONStudy.com.        

Use treatment guidelines

Access obesity treatment guidelines and weight-management recommendations by exploring the links below. 

Country/Region Year Guideline
Australia  2013 Australian Government Department of Health Dietary Guidelines
Canada 2015 Recommendations for prevention of weight gain and use of behavioural and pharmacologic interventions to manage overweight and obesity in adults in primary care
Canada 2011 5As of Obesity management
Europe  2015 EASO OMTF European Guidelines for Obesity Management in Adults
Global 2015 Pharmacological Management of Obesity: An Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline
Scotland  2010 Management of Obesity. A national clinical guideline
United Kingdom 2015 NICE Guidance [NG7]: maintaining a healthy weight and preventing excess weight gain among adults and children
USA 2016 AACE obesity guidelines
USA 2013 AHA/ACC/TOS guideline for the management of overweight and obesity in adults
USA 2015 Obesity Algorithm®