Who we are
Weight Concern is a registered charity established to tackle the growing issue of obesity in the United Kingdom.
The charity was founded in 1997 by Jane Wardle, Professor of Clinical Psychology at University College London, and includes an expert team of psychology, nutrition and exercise specialists.
Our vision is to increase the understanding of both health professionals and the public about the causes, consequences and treatments of overweight & obesity and to support and empower people to live a healthy lifestyle.
Our aims are to provide clear, evidence based information on obesity and weight management, and to provide a ‘voice’ for those who have first-hand experience of being overweight to ensure their views aren’t overlooked.
We achieve our aims through a variety of activities such as collaborating on and disseminating high quality research, and producing attractive, user-friendly resources for weight management and healthy eating. We also provide interactive training sessions on a range of health- and weight-related topics to health professionals and the public.
To date we have provided Shape-Up, our lifestyle-based approach to weight management, to over 14,000 individuals living in the UK who want to end cycles of yo-yo dieting and regain control of their lifestyle for good. Additionally, we provide a voice to more than 1,700 overweight and obese individuals who form part of our online user-group ‘The Big Panel’. Through consultation with this panel we can share crucial knowledge with policy-makers, the media and the research community to advocate for better prevention efforts and treatment options.
Weight Concern is funded entirely through its activities in fundraising, training provision, resource development and research.