Terminology and definitions (What is obesity? What causes obesity? What are the effects of obesity? What are the costs of obesity?). How should obesity be managed? (Drug therapy, Lifestyle, Surgical management, Management in Children). What is the role of primary care?.What is the role of secondary care?. What is the responsibility of society?. What is the responsibility of government?. Future developments in obesity management. Appendices: Professional and patient support groups; Professional organisations and journals; Guidelines and resources; Other useful resources and further reading.