Obesity guide sets 5% weight loss target

The first update to Australian obesity management guidelines in a decade suggests GPs should support obese and overweight patients to aim for an initial 5% weight loss.

In a comprehensive update to its 2003 guidance on weight loss for obese and overweight people, the NHMRC said the primary responsibility for weight loss rested with the individual, and the role of the health professional was to provide evidence-based advice and support.

As a result, the updated

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