TOPS® Quick Facts

A nonprofit weight-loss support group founded in 1948.

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TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly®) is short for TOPS Club, Inc., the original weight-loss support organization. TOPS Club Inc. is a nonprofit, noncommercial network of weight-loss support groups throughout the United States and Canada. TOPS offers tools and programs for healthy living and weight management, with exceptional group fellowship and recognition.

TOPS Quick Facts


The TOPS mission is to help and support our members as they take off and keep off pounds sensibly.


TOPS members number well over 125,000 (women, men and children), belonging to thousands of chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Annual dues are $32 in the U.S. and $36 USD in Canada, plus nominal chapter fees to cover operating costs—on average, about $5 per month.

How It Works

Weekly meetings include private weigh-ins and professionally prepared informational chapter programs featuring current nutrition, fitness and wellness information. Programs provide positive reinforcement and motivation to adhere to food and exercise programs.

KOPS® (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly®)

Goal weight is set in consultation with a member’s healthcare professional. When TOPS members reach their weight-loss goal, they are called KOPS. These members are maintaining their weight and continuing to attend chapter meetings for accountability and support as they Keep Off Pounds Sensibly. More than 20,000 of our members are keeping their weight off, and many have been recognized with Century Awards for losing more than 100 pounds!


TOPS publishes Real Life: The Hands-on Pounds-off Guide, a 300-plus page lifestyle guide featuring practical information on nutrition, fitness, menu planning, recipes, and healthy living. Members receive TOPS News magazine, which is filled with inspirational stories and news. Educational brochures are available to healthcare professionals and anyone interested in a healthy lifestyle.


TOPS has experts in the fields of medical research, nutrition, fitness, and psychology. Since 1966, TOPS has funded obesity and metabolic research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, providing more than $8 million from earnings and members to date.

Fabulous Figures

Each year, TOPS members collectively lose more than 400 TONS! See our Fabulous Figures & Obesity Statistics (PDF) handout for more current information.


Founded in 1948, TOPS is administered by a nine-member Board of Directors. Nearly 500 Field Staff assist volunteer chapter Leaders to help and support our members.

Contact TOPS Headquarters

4575 South Fifth Street, Milwaukee, WI 53207
800-932-8677 or 414-482-4620

Find a Meeting to locate a chapter near you!