or search evidence on Discover Portal

Dissemination Centre
Male obesity

Managing obesity in men

In the UK, it’s estimated that around one in every four adults is obese, with research suggesting that ratio is likely to increase over time. Obesity is associated with a number of serious and potentially life-threatening conditions including stroke, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and some types of cancer.

Although men are more likely to be overweight or obese than women, they are less likely to join weight-loss programmes, and have a lower chance of attaining a healthy body weight than obese women. 

Published: May 2016

Obese man doing exercise

What motivates obese men to lose weight?

Research suggests a number of factors might help men to join weight-loss programmes.

Read more

Blood pressure being taken on overweight person

Which programmes can help obese men to lose weight?

Why are some programmes more successful than others in helping men to lose weight?

Read more

Obese man on exercise ball

About the evidence on managing obesity in men

Find out more about the studies in this area and how their findings fit with current guidance. 

Read more


of men in the UK are overweight or obese, compared to 58% of women.

1 in 210

chance of an obese man returning to a healthy body weight.


estimated direct cost to the NHS of obesity.

Related Signals

An error has occurred in processing the XML document

read more

Keep up to date with the latest health research by email


National Institute for Health Research, Room 132, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2NS

© 2016 - 2019 NIHR, all rights reserved