TOPS® Quick Facts

A nonprofit weight-loss support group founded in 1948.

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TOPS® (Take Off Pounds SensiblySM) is short for TOPS Club, Inc., the original weight-loss support organization. TOPS Club Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), noncommercial network of weight-loss support groups throughout the United States and Canada. TOPS offers tools and programs for healthy living, wellness 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 is open to women, men and children (7 and older). We offer a network of thousands of weight-loss support groups across the United States and Canada. Annual dues are $32 in the U.S. and $44* CAD in Canada ($46 in 2019), 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 healthy eating and exercise programs.

KOPS® (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly®)

Goal weight is set in consultation with a member’s licensed 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 SensiblySM. Thousands 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, behavior changes and healthy living. Members receive TOPS News magazine, which features inspirational stories and health news. Wellness brochures and Healthy & Active magazine are available to healthcare professionals and others interested in healthy lifestyles.


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 $9 million from earnings and members to date. TOPS also partners with Wake Forest University to study genetic factors related to obesity through the TOPS Genome Registry.

Fabulous Figures

In 2017, TOPS members collectively lost 270 TONS! See our Fabulous Figures & Obesity Statistics (PDF) handout for more current information.


Founded in 1948, TOPS is administered by a 10-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, PO Box 070360, Milwaukee, WI 53207
800-932-8677 or 414-482-4620

Find a Meeting to locate a chapter near you!

* Canadian price is based on $32 USD and is adjusted annually to reflect the exchange rate.