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The nurse's role in promoting weight loss and encouraging healthier lifestyles

Susan Jebb, PhD, SRD; Nilani Sritharan, BSc (Hons), ANutr. Susan-Head of Nutrition and Health; Nilani- Nutritionist, Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research, Cambridge. Rates of obesity have trebled in the past two decades. Currently in the UK almost a quarter of adults are clinically obese (with a body mass index (BMI) of >30). A further 33% women and 43% men are overweight (with a BMI of 25-30) (Sprostan and Primatesta, 2003).

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