NHS Digital Weight Management

Online Support for a Healthier Lifestyle, Available on your Smartphone, Tablet and Computer.

Take the first step in managing your weight today

If you are living with obesity and have diabetes or high blood pressure, or both, you could benefit from the 12-week free NHS Digital Weight Management Programme. 

It can be hard to keep healthy and active, but this free programme can help you develop healthier eating habits, be more active and lose weight.

Non-urgent advice: Frequently Asked Questions

Why obesity matters:

Obesity is a serious health concern that increases the risk of many other health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, joint problems, mental health problems, and some cancers.

There is also evidence to suggest that people living with obesity are at higher risk of the more severe outcomes associated with COVID-19.

The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme gives free, online access to weight management plans if you have a BMI over 30 and have diabetes or high blood pressure or both. The BMI threshold is 27.5 for people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds as we know that people from these ethnic backgrounds are at an increased risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes at a lower BMI. 

You will only be able to access the NHS Digital Weight Management Programme if you have a smartphone or computer with internet access.

Who can be referred to the programme?

  • You must be 18 or over
  • You must have a BMI greater than 30. The BMI threshold is lowered to 27.5 for people from black, Asian, and ethnic minority backgrounds
  • You must have diabetes, high blood pressure, or both
  • You must have a smartphone, tablet, or computer with internet access
  • You must not have had bariatric surgery in the last 2 years
  • You must not be pregnant
  • You must not have an active eating disorder

How long is the programme?

The programme takes 12 weeks to complete

What does the programme involve?

You will choose a weight management plan to help you develop healthier eating habits, be more active and lose weight. Each plan provides recipes and nutrition advice, wellbeing support and tips to boost your activity levels. As an online plan, it can be completed anywhere in your own time.

How much does it cost?

It is free

What happens next?

Step 1: After your referral, you will receive a text message within ten working days from ‘NHS WMP’. The text message contains a link to a website.
Step 2: Click on the link to the website to confirm your date of birth, ethnicity, and some other information to get started.
Step 3: Read about the different 12-week weight management plans on offer to help you. Choose the plan you think will work best for you.

Please note: If you do not choose your plan after six weeks, your referral is sent back to the referring healthcare professional.

Step 4: Your chosen weight management plan provider will contact you within five working days. You will then start your 12-week weight management plan! If you do not start your plan after six weeks, your referral will be closed.

Contact your GP practice to request a referral to the NHS Digital Weight Management Programme.