102497 - AFP Clinical Challenge July 2017: Obesity
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Management of obesity in general practiceRelevance to General Practice
About two-thirds of adults in Australia are either overweight or obese, which is an increase of 10% since 1995.1 Overweight and obesity has long been recognised as major risk factor for various chronic diseases and is the second highest contributor to the burden of disease,1 but is now considered itself to be a chronic illness requiring management similar to any other chronic disease. However, studies have identified gaps in the ability of general practitioners to manage patients who are obese. This stems from GPs’ uncertainty about obesity and how to approach the subject in a short consultation, as well as fears of alienating patients.2,3 This edition of AFP provides education for GPs on the genetic basis of obesity, long-term health consequences of untreated obesity, and strategies for treatment.
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