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Knowledge Transfer Series


An online environment designed to promote, educate and share information about the science and the management of obesity in the United Kingdom for health care professionals.

Free Accredited Online CPD

Core Program

Adult Obesity in the United Kingdom: Why Can't My Patient Lose Weight?

Effective management of obesity is essential to primary care. This program provides a framework for the management of obesity, which is demonstrated through case-based scenarios.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence of overweight and obesity in the UK
  • Recognise why obesity is a complex and multifactorial condition that is chronic and relapsing
  • Manage obesity as a member of the multidisciplinary team, in accordance with evidence

Planning Committee

  • Dr.Simon Williams, PhD, FHEA
  • Dr. Maria Bryant, PhD, FHEA
  • Dr. Abd Tahrani, MD, FRCP (London), MMedSci, CCT (Endocrinology and Diabetes), PhD
  • Dr. Matthew Capehorn, MD

International Contributors

  • Dr. Arya M. Sharma, MD
  • Dr. Matthias Blüher, MD
  • Dr. Walmir Coutinho, MD
  • Dr. Georgia Rigas, MBBS
  • Dr. Sean Wharton MD, PharmD

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Video Resources

Subject experts discuss key questions in obesity. Main topics include genetic and psychological contributing factors in obesity management, tools for primary healthcare professionals, and the latest technologies and procedures in bariatrics.


National and international obesity guidelines, facts and tools available for practical application.

Obesity: identification, assessment and management, NICE Guidelines

This guideline covers identifying, assessing and managing obesity in children (aged 2 years and over), young people and adults. It aims to improve the use of bariatric surgery and very-low-calorie diets to help people who are obese to reduce their weight.

The All Wales Obesity Pathway

We launched the Obesity Pathway in 2010 to help people achieve a healthy weight. It involves health boards working with local authorities and other services to tackle the obesity problem in Wales.

A Healthy Weight for Ireland: Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016 - 2025

Overweight and obesity are conditions that develop over a number of years in both children and adults. The determinants are multiple and include the environment, access to healthy and affordable food, physical activity, exercise and leisure activity, cultural and societal norms, education and skill levels, genetic makeup and lifestyle choices (World Health Organization (WHO) Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, 2008).


International and UK research outlining key health, social, psychological and economic concerns of obesity and obesity-related illness and disease. Various topics, historical data and longitudinal studies are examined, providing the latest in evidence and protocols.


NHS reveals obesity crisis continues to grow in the UK.


The latest NHS review into obesity in England has revealed 58 per cent of women and 68 per cent of men are obese. Compared to last year's report, obesity figures for women remain the same, whilst the figures for men have risen from 65 to 68 per cent.