We are delighted to congratulate OEN founding member Dr. Rachel Batterham on being awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire award) in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours list in recognition of her services to people affected by obesity.

Rachel is Professor of Obesity, Diabetes and Endocrinology at UCL and founded and leads the UCLH Bariatric Centre for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery.

This is an exceptionally well-deserved honour and we congratulate Rachel on behalf of the Obesity Empowerment Network membership.

On receiving the award Rachel said,

“I am incredibly humbled, privileged and honoured to receive this award. Developing and implementing new treatments for obesity is a team effort and I would like to pay tribute to all the brilliant scientists and clinicians, and most of all the inspirational people living with obesity that I’ve worked with over the years.”

“There is still much to be done and I remain totally committed to changing the stigmatising narrative that surrounds obesity to one that reflects current scientific and medical knowledge and ensuring equitable access to evidence-based treatments for obesity.”

“This is such wonderful news! Rachel is getting the recognition she so richly deserves. She has helped to open up the issue of the damaging effects of weight stigma, especially in the healthcare professions.”

Suzy Taylor, OEN UK Champion

Find out more about Rachel’s work in a lecture she delivered at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), ‘Obesity – has new therapy changed our thinking and practice’ and in the recently launched RCP short film ‘Obesity: England’s most pressing healthcare challenge?’.