What is already known on this subject
- • There is growing evidence of the effectiveness of commercial weight management programmes in the community. A recent randomized controlled trial has shown commercial providers to be more effective than NHS providers for weight management solutions in primary care. Some commercial weight management providers have established national slimming on referral schemes for weight management, which result on average in weight losses of 4–5% over a 12-week referral period. A recent randomized controlled trial of a similar scheme over 12 months yielded similar weight loses. Another RCT comparing commercial providers over 6 months showed average weight losses of ∼6.6% across providers.