Rachel Batterham is Professor of Obesity, Diabetes and Endocrinology at University College London (UCL), London, UK. She leads the University College London Hospital (UCLH) Bariatric Centre for Weight Management & Metabolic Surgery and the UCL Centre for Obesity Research within the Department of Medicine. She is the Director for the UCLH/UCL NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Obesity Research Theme, and the Royal College of Physicians’ Special Advisor on Obesity.
Professor Batterham has received several national and international awards for her work in obesity, including the Royal Society of Medicine’s Steven’s Lecture (2018), the Andre Mayer award from the World Obesity Federation (2016), and the Diabetes UK Rank Fund Nutrition Prize (2015). She has made significant clinical contributions to defining the management of obese patients through her membership of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Obesity Guideline Development Group.
She is Scientific Chair for the International Federation for Surgery for Obesity and Metabolic Diseases (IFSO) European Chapter (since 2015), a Trustee for the Association for the Study of Obesity (since 2016) and Council Member for British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (since 2016). She is passionate about reducing the stigma that people with obesity experience and ensuring that the patient voice is heard, and has established a charity for people affected by obesity, the Obesity Empowerment Network UK.