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GPs need help to identify and manage obese patients

Australian GPs need more support to help them meet national guidelines to tackle obesity, according to research by Monash University and published in the Medical Journal of Australia. The study, Obesity management in general practice: does current practice match guideline recommendations? reports that GPs are not routinely recording measures of obesity, as recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Post-operative care and the general practitioner

Two years after bariatric surgery patients are discharged to their GP for lifelong follow up and although lifelong vitamin, calcium and B12 supplementation and an annual weight check is recommended following gastric bypass surgery (LRYGB), whether GPs adhere to the recommendations in unknown. The research was presented at the 6th Annual Meeting of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgical Society 21-23 January, in Newcastle, UK. 

GPs not treating obesity and overweight patients correctly

Few UK family doctors seem to be treating overweight/obesity appropriately, with some not treating it all, suggests an analysis of patient records published in the online journal BMJ Open.

The medical approach to obesity

Dr David Haslam, Chairman, National Obesity Forum, outlined the problems of obesity in the general population and how as a General Practitioner, he faces obese patients on a daily basis. In his presentation entitled, ‘Obesity: What is the challenge for the community?’ Haslam said that when trying to communicate with obese patients it is imperative to identify, engage and motivate patients.

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