Slimming World is the largest group-based commercial weight loss organisation; every week its 4,000 Consultants run more than 12,000 community based groups across the UK and Ireland reaching up to 700,000 active members.
Self-employed micro-entrepreneurs, Slimming World Consultants receive training in dietary aspects and the role of physical activity in weight control and support to establish and build a successful community-based business. The highly developed training focuses on facilitating behaviour change in a group environment, acknowledged by experts as being the most effective way to support long-term weight management. Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, Food Optimising, and the principles behind Slimming World’s philosophy are based on a deep understanding of the challenges faced by overweight people. It integrates practical, up-to-date dietary advice with a highly developed support system based on compassionate and caring support.
Working with university researchers and specialists in obesity, Slimming World supports an active research programme to further knowledge of the causes and treatment of obesity and to ensure that our service to members stays at the leading edge of science, nutrition and weight management.
Slimming World was the first weight management company to actively work with the NHS to tackle obesity through our Slimming World on Referral scheme; a highly successful partnership with health professionals. Since 1969, Slimming World has established effective partnerships with the NHS, local authorities, employers, the government, communities, families and individuals.
We believe in supporting the whole family and around 14,000 young people between 11 and 15 attend group for free with their parent or guardian. Slimming World supports women to manage their weight safely during pregnancy and has developed a policy in partnership with the Royal College of Midwives.
We have pledged to work in partnership with the government to help the country to tackle obesity. In 2013 the Department of Health consulted Slimming World in the development of its best practice guidance - Developing a specification for lifestyle weight management services - to help improve the commissioning of weight management services in local areas.
We believe in giving back to the community too. Our charity SMILES (Slimmers Making it a Little Easier for Someone) was launched in 1997 and since then has raised over £4.5 million for a range of charities. Slimming World currently supports Cancer Research UK, the NSPCC and the Marie Keating Foundation in the Republic of Ireland.