Resources for Healthcare Professionals

TOPS Club, Inc. is a nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss support organization. In an industry filled with quick fixes and fad diets, TOPS is an affordable and evidence-based program that encourages members to make small, steady lifestyle changes that provide lasting weight loss and better health.

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We are a network of thousands of weight-loss support groups (called chapters) in every U.S. state and Canadian province. TOPS is also on the forefront of obesity and metabolic research.

Resources for Your Patients and Clients

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Free Resources

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  • TOPS lifestyle guide, Real Life, contains 300+ color pages of the latest nutrition, fitness and medical information.
  • Literature to refer your overweight, diabetic or bariatric clients to TOPS. We're nonprofit, noncommercial, and scientifically proven to be as effective as other weight loss programs but more affordable.
  • Wellness news and tips available to reprint in patient education handouts, websites and blogs, and newsletters
  • Information for starting an on-site weight-loss support chapter for patients and/or community members

Proof It Works

Evidence-Based Weight Loss

Research finds TOPS helps members experience clinically significant weight loss—and helps them keep it off. Visit the following to learn more:

TOPS Supports Research

TOPS is on the forefront of obesity and metabolic research and has donated more than $9 million toward research at the TOPS Center for Obesity and Metabolic Research. Review highlights from the TOPS Center’s history (PDF) and learn more about our ongoing support of obesity research at TOPS Nutrition and Obesity Research Center.

TOPS Research Achievement Award: The Obesity Society

Each year, in cooperation with The Obesity Society, TOPS recognizes a scientist who has made major contributions to the field of obesity research at the annual Obesity Week conference. At this year's event in Nashville, TN, TOPS President Rick Danforth presented the TOPS Research Achievement Award to Dr. Michael Rosenbaum

2018 Winner – Dr. Michael Rosenbaum

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Dr. Rosenbaum is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and an attending physician at Columbia University Medical Center. His research interests focus mainly on energy intake and expenditure in relation to body weight regulation in adults and the development and prevention of obesity in children. He has received extensive recognition as a scientist, mentor, and clinician and over 100 citations among the best physicians in the United States.

Previous Winners

  • Christos S. Mantzoros, M.D. – 2017
  • Roger D. Cone, Ph.D – 2016
  • Dr. Andrew S. Greenberg – 2015
  • Michael Goran, Ph.D. – 2014
  • Stephen O'Rahilly, M.D. – 2013
  • Thomas A. Wadden, Ph.D. – 2012
  • Samuel Klein, M.D. – 2011
  • Michael D. Jensen, M.D. – 2010
  • David B. Allison, Ph.D. – 2009
  • Walter J. Pories, M.D. – 2008

TOPS New Investigator Research Award: Obesity Canada

TOPS presents a research award every other year at the Canadian Obesity Summit to a recipient selected by Obesity Canada (formerly Canadian Obesity Network). Additionally, in the off-year, TOPS donates two scholarships to Obesity Canada's new researcher boot camp.

2017 Winner — Mary A. Forhan, Ph.D.

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Mary Forhan is an occupational therapist registered in Alberta, Canada, and an assistant professor for the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta. She has a PhD in rehabilitation science. Dr. Forhan leads a program of research focused on promoting quality of life and reducing the disability experience for persons living with obesity.

Previous Winners

  • Jennifer L. Kuk, Ph.D. – 2015
  • Dr. Valerie Taylor, M.D., Ph.D. – 2013

Endorsements from Healthcare Professionals

Doctor handsTOPS is a wonderful organization and helps with the support that individuals need to make positive lifestyle changes. -Holly W., RN, CDE, Florida

As a dietitian, I am so grateful for TOPS. I know the programs have helped many people achieve physical goals as well as improved quality of life and new positive relationships. -Amy E., MPH, RD, LD, Birmingham, Alabama