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Overwieght and obesity are common and important causes of chronic disease. This should mean that primary care physicians feel tackling obesity is important, but it is uncommon for them to do so. Physicians perceive that this is not their job; they fear offending their patients and are unclear what may be effective. In this review we found two systematic reviews showing that motivational interviewing can lead to effective weight loss but it may not be practicable in this setting. Two trials show referral to specially trained nurses in primary care appears effective.

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Type

Journal article

Publisher

Current Obesity Reports

Publication Date

09/2013

Volume

2(4)

Addresses

Amanda Lewis, amanda.lewis@phc.ox.ac.uk

Keywords

Brief intervention, weight loss, obesity, overweight, primary care, weight management, lifestyle, interventions