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Slimming World reveals top 10 reasons people want to lose weight

The top reason for wanting to lose weight, according to slimmers* who have shared their stories with Slimming World, is to be confident in having their photo taken.

To mark Slimming World’s 50th anniversary, the weight-loss organisation has today revealed the top 10 reasons people decide to lose weight. The list also includes making day-to-day life easier, moving around with ease, improving health problems and feeling good in clothes.

Dr Linda Papadopoulos, expert psychologist, comments: ‘When it comes to weight loss it’s important that people aspire to and can visualise themselves achieving success – whatever that ‘success’ looks like to the individual. Committing to losing weight can feel like a daunting task for us all, so it can be really helpful to focus on the reasons why losing that weight is so important and what the real benefits will be to your lifestyle – whether it’s feeling a million dollars for a wedding day, being full of energy to play with the grandchildren, or simply feeling comfortable on holiday.

“Finding a reason why is only the beginning, though, and it’s vital that people also get regular support to make healthy changes to their eating and activity habits and to help them stay focused, committed and encouraged. Working together with others to share experiences and solutions to challenges and to celebrate successful weight loss and behaviour change can keep people motivated to achieve long-term success. Slimming World groups surround us with like-minded people, offer support, and give us the opportunity to focus on ourselves, our goals, and share solutions to common challenges and pitfalls.”

Jenny Caven, Director of External Affairs
“With nearly a million members attending a Slimming World group each week, we’ve got a great understanding of what motivates someone to want to lose weight and how they change their lives once they make the choice to join."
Jenny Caven, Director of External Affairs

"The reasons are remarkably consistent, some members don’t feel comfortable with having their photograph taken, some want to be healthier, and some just want to make day to day life easier.

“Capturing the top 10 reasons in this way shows anyone struggling with their weight that we are not alone and that getting the support from a group of people with the same goals can lead to life-changing differences. We are proud to have 50 years’ experience in supporting members to achieve their weight-loss dreams and learning how to stay slim and healthy for life.”


Top 10 Reasons People Want to Lose Weight

With 50 years of experience in helping people to lose weight, Slimming World reveals the top 10 reasons their members want to lose weight

1. To enjoy having my photo taken

2. Improve health problems

3. Feel good in my clothes

4. Move around with ease

5. Play with my children/grandchildren

6. Enjoy my holidays

7. Wear fashionable clothes

8. Making day to day life easier

9. See my children grow up

10. Improve mental wellbeing

Notes to Editors

*From November 2018 to June 2019, 500 Slimming World members gave their reasons for losing weight.

About Slimming World

Slimming World was founded by Margaret Miles-Bramwell (OBE, FRSA) in 1969 and is now celebrating its 50th anniversary. There are now more than 19,000 weekly groups supporting 900,000 members across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Groups are run by a network of 5,500 community-based Slimming World Consultants, who receive specific training in the role of diet and physical activity in weight management, as well as sophisticated behaviour-change techniques. Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, Food Optimising, is based on the science of satiety and energy density. Our phased activity programme, Body Magic, eases members into activity until it becomes an intrinsic part of their daily routine. The principles behind Slimming World’s philosophy are based on a deep understanding of the challenges faced by overweight people and recognition that those who struggle with weight carry a double burden, the weight itself and a burden of guilt and shame about their weight. Slimming World’s programme integrates practical, up-to-date advice with a highly developed support system based on care and compassion, and Consultant training focuses on facilitating, encouraging and empowering members to make changes in a supportive, warm and friendly group environment. Consultant training is delivered through the Slimming World Academy. Slimming World also invests in a comprehensive research programme to develop its support for long-term weight management. The group support provided by Slimming World is recognised as effective by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the NHS.

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