Obese patients may be missing out on weight loss advice

More than 50 GPs from 12 practices in two Australian states completed independent health assessments involving 1520 patients. The proportion of overweight and obese patients correctly identified by GPs was 59%. One in 10 patients with a BMI > 25 were not picked up by GPs, including some obese patients. Males, particularly those without hypertension or type 2 diabetes, had higher odds of not being identified as overweight or obese, prompting the suggestion that GPs focused on chronic conditions and not prevention.

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