The Practitioner 2010 – 254 (1730): 31-34

Tackling obesity in adults in primary care

23 Jun 2010Pais-up subscribers

In England in 2008, 66% of men and 57% of women had a BMI >25 kg/m2; within this 24% of men and 25% of women were obese with a BMI >30 kg/m2. The relative risk of diabetes in overweight men is 2.40 and in obese men 6.74 compared with men with a BMI in the normal range. The respective relative risks in women are 3.92 and 12.41.There is a 40% increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease for every 5 kg/m2 increase in BMI above 25 kg/m2. While trying to tackle obesity may seem like very hard work for little gain, having a structured approach to dealing with overweight and obese patients will make it easier to broach the subject and enable evidence-based advice to be given that will be helpful to all patients.

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