- Article: Goldie C, Brown J (2012) Managing obesity in primary care. Nursing Times; 108: 1/2, 14-16.
- Author: Christine Goldie is practice nurse, Banff and Gamrie Medical Practice, NHS Grampian; Jenny Brown is honorary clinical research fellow, Centre for Obesity Research and Epidemiology, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
- Obesity is complex and diseases related to it place a large burden on the NHS
- Its causes include genetic, social and environmental factors
- A weight loss of 5-10% can have important health benefits
- A flexible, structured, person-centred, holistic approach can result in good outcomes
- Weight management should be a mandatory aspect of primary care services managing long-term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease
- How do you start discussions about weight loss with patients who are overweight?
- What barriers do patients describe when they are trying to lose weight?
- How can you incorporate the emotional and behavioural well being of patients, as well as diet and
exercise advice in to care plans?
- How would you explain the health benefits of weight loss to patients who are obese?