Rosemary Conley

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Rosemary Conley CBE
Born (1946-12-19) 19 December 1946 (age 72)
OccupationBusinesswoman, author and broadcaster
Known forRosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Clubs

Rosemary Jean Neil Conley CBE, DL (née Weston, 19 December 1946, in Leicester)[1][2] is an English businesswoman, author and broadcaster on exercise and health. From 1993 to 2014 she was the founder and president of Rosemary Conley Diet And Fitness Clubs, a franchise-based organisation that was alongside Slimming World and Weight Watchers, one of the "big three" weight loss organisations in the UK. She has released 37 diet books, in addition to presenting 31 exercise videos and DVDs.[3]. She now chairs, an online weight loss club and is the UK distributor for Facial-Flex®, a facial exercising device.

Early life[edit]

Conley attended Bushloe High School in Leicestershire and Goddards Secretarial College in Leicester.[1] She then studied for an RSA in Exercise to Music.[2]


After losing weight herself, Conley began by running evening classes for local women looking to lose weight in 1972, under the name the Slimming & Good Grooming Club.[1][2] She established a number of slimming clubs, which she later sold to IPC for £50,000,[4] working for the company to oversee the expansion of the club network.[2] After suffering from gallstones, she adopted a low-fat diet as an alternative to surgery, and the resulting fat-loss inspired her to promote the diet to others.[2] She became nationally famous in 1988 via her book The Hip & Thigh Diet, which went on to sell over two million copies.[2] The Rosemary Conley approach is characterised by a low-fat diet regime, but what distinguished the organisation from its competitors is that the classes also offered a 45-minute aerobic workout with a trained instructor. Thus it provided a fitness club for people wanting an alternative to gym membership rather than simply another club for dieters, although there were similar product endorsements of foods and kitchen equipment. The franchise expanded to 180 clubs by 2004, with 80,000 members.[2] [4]

In 1996, the Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness magazine was launched. The publication won many awards and had more than half a million readers becoming market leader in its sector after just three issues. From 1996 to 2000 Conley was a consultant to Marks & Spencer and helped them to develop their low fat, calorie-controlled food range.

in January 2014 Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Ltd went into administration and ceased trading. Many of the class leaders continued to operate diet & fitness classes without the backing of the franchise company. Conley continued to work in the diet & fitness industry as Chairman of Digital Wellbeing Ltd which bought the online operations from the former company. In 2018 she became the UK distributor for Facial-Flex®, a facial exercising device produced in America.

Conley also devotes much of her time to charitable causes, principally as Patron of Steps, a conductive education centre in the East Midlands.


In 1999, Conley was appointed as Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire. In 2001, she became the first woman to be granted the Freedom of the City of Leicester.[5] She was appointed a CBE in 2004.[2]

Television and radio[edit]

Conley has presented over 400 cookery programmes on television as well as presenting her own series on both BBC and ITV in addition to appearing on This Morning for seven years and more recently on such programmes as Loose Women and The Wright Stuff. In January 2012, Conley was a participant in the seventh series of the ITV celebrity ice-skating programme, Dancing on Ice. Her professional skating partner was Mark Hanretty. She became the sixth celebrity to be eliminated from the competition becoming the oldest celebrity to reach that far in the competition. Conley is also a regular contributor on diet and fitness issues to many local radio stations.


  1. ^ a b c The International Who's Who of Women 2002, Europa, ISBN 978-1-85743-122-3, p. 113
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Bridge, Rachel (2004) How I Made It: 40 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal All, Kogan Page, ISBN 978-0-7494-4311-5, p. 43-46
  3. ^ "About Rosemary Conley". Rosemary Conley CBE. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  4. ^ a b Cooper, Glenda (1998) "Profile: The slimmer's evangelist; Rosemary Conley", The Independent, 4 January 1998, retrieved 2010-11-14
  5. ^ "Celebrity health - Rosemary Conley", BBC, 23 January 2006, retrieved 2010-11-14

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