The 30 second chat that can reduce weight

Doctors that screen for obesity and spend 30-seconds telling patients about interventions to lose weight have an opportunity to help reduce obesity levels. A recent study published in the Lancet examined the effect of two different 30-second interventions on reducing body weight in patients with obesity.

Researchers in the University of Oxford working alongside physicians in 57 practices carried out the trial. Researchers weighed every patient waiting to see a doctor. Patients identified as having a BMI in the obese category and those with a raised body fat percentage were identified and randomly assigned one of two 30-second interventions.

The first intervention involved the doctor offering referral to a weight management group and if the patient accepted the offer the physician made an appointment for the patient and offered follow up care. The second 30-second intervention involved the doctor advising the patient that weight loss would benefit their health.

Patient’s weight was then measured again at 12 months and they were asked how they feel discussing their weight with their doctor. 2,728 people were obese when first measured. Patients who received the intervention with referral to a weight management group lost an average of 2.43kg and patients receiving the advice intervention lost an average of 1.04kg. Patients responded well to the intervention, 81% found the intervention appropriate and helpful.

This study highlights an important opportunity to reduce obesity in the population. Screening patients for obesity when they present for different issues in a doctors surgery and taking 30 seconds to discuss the options could motivate weight loss in patients and contribute to overall population weight loss.




Posted: 28/10/2016 14:00:58 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Nutrition, Obesity, Weight loss


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