Being caring helps patients to shed kilos, study reveals

Patients lose more weight when they think GPs care about their efforts, say experts

Patients lose more weight when they feel GPs care about them and understand how hard it is to lose weight, a US study of community health centre patients suggests.

Weight loss success is also more likely when doctors provide detailed counselling rather than simply advising patients to lose weight, shows data from 134 overweight patients (70% female, average BMI 36 kg/m3, mean age 51).