5As mooted for weight-loss

The 5As of weight loss approach is often the best bet for helping patients lose weight, according to an article by Sydney academics.

The approach, which has been included in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) clinical guidelines, urges primary care clinicians to:

  • Ask and Assess BMI, waist circumference, diet, physical activity, comorbidities, medications and readiness to change;
  • Advise on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and weight management;
  • Assist by providing (directly or by referral) education on