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.

Woman and doctor

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

Free TOPS information

Free Resources

Request these 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 $8.2 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:

TOPS Research Achievement Award: The Obesity Society

Each year, as part of The Obesity Society Meeting, TOPS recognizes a scientist who has made major contributions to the field of obesity research. Recent recipients of the TOPS Achievement Award include:

2016 Winner - Roger D. Cone, Ph.D

Roger D. Cone, Ph.D

Roger D. Cone, Ph.D., Director of the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan, whose research focuses on the central nervous system, is credited with finding the melanocortin-4 receptor, one of the most significant discoveries in the obesity field in the past quarter century. In further studies, he identified the central melanocortin system as a key part of the circuitry that regulates food intake and the body’s energy balance. TOPS presented the 2016 TOPS Research Achievement Award to Cone for his outstanding contributions to the understanding and treatment of obesity.

Previous Winners

  • 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

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