The benefits of losing weight go beyond good health, an expert has noted.
Dr Jacquie Lavin, spokeswoman for Slimming World, explained improvements can be seen in many areas of life when pounds are shed.
Individuals who make such changes are happier and more confident, often gaining a fresh perspective and discovering new hobbies as well as making new friends, she said.
"Health professionals say that losing weight can increase life expectancy by up to nine years and so, for us, improving the quality of those years is just as important," Dr Lavin added.
The comments came after a series of research articles published in the Lancet highlighted the growing problem of obesity in the UK.
Predictions included an increase in the proportion of the population fitting the definition from the current level of 25 per cent to around 40 per cent by 2030, with an additional annual cost to the NHS of £2 billion