GP practices ‘need obesity specialists

Posted by: admin on: December 21, 2011

Obesity has become world wide problem and now considered a disease. Obesity is a global problem and few countries have found really effective solutions.  If the obesity is identified in childhood and treated by the family physician than many future complications can be avoided. GPs are not trained to treat obesity, which is the need of the day.


Britons are increasingly affected by obesity-related problems, yet GPs and their colleagues in primary care struggle to offer effective solutions, says obesity expert
The impact of Britain’s obesity epidemic continues to increase and so does the cost, both human and financial.

If real help was more available in primary care, fewer would reach in specialist hospital centres.

GPs are well equipped to treat the consequences of obesity with drugs but not the core problem – the weight gain itself” This training about obesity management is largely missing from most GP training schemes.

A recent report from the Royal College of Physicians spelled out the skills and knowledge needed by health care professionals for obesity management, and we must now convert theory into practice.

We also need each general practice to have a fully funded “obesity team” where a designated GP becomes the “lead” in day-to-day weight management.

There should also be a fully integrated national scheme providing surgery for those who need it – but adequate support for those who are not eligible.
And patients should be pointed towards appropriate diet plans, even if they’re from the commercial sector.



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