GP wins appeal against obesity ruling

A GP who was ordered to pay $364,000 in compensation to a morbidly obese man after failing to refer him to a weight loss clinic has had the decision overturned.

The NSW Court of Appeal found in favour of Sydney GP Dr Emmanuel Varipatis on Thursday, throwing out a decision by the NSW Supreme Court in December, and also awarding costs to the GP.

The initial ruling sparked widespread alarm among Australian GPs, after legal experts warned it set a precedent for