GPs too optimistic about patient weight loss

Doctors are overly optimistic when predicting which of their overweight patients will heed their advice and slim down, a study finds.

While GPs felt confident 55% of the time that patients would follow their advice on weight loss, diet and exercise, however, only 28% of patients lost 1kg or more over the three-month study period.

And this gap was even more pronounced for exercise recommendations: just 6% of patients boosted their physical activity levels in response to doctors’ counselling.

The findings come from a US