Regular weight checks help obese

Patients aged 20–70 years were recruited from six general practices and weighed each time they presented over a 12-month period.

Data on 198 patients was available for analysis, with 68 enrolled for one year. The University of Wollongong researchers found there was a non-significant weight loss among patients of 0.8kg. 

Sub-group analyses indicated no significant differences in the amount of weight lost by practice, sex, age or chronic disease status but a significant difference for BMI category at enrolment. 

There was significant loss in obese patients of 2.5kg overall. Obese patients lost 3.3kg more weight than underweight/normal weight patients and 2.8kg more then overweight patients. 

Lead author Professor Andrew Bonney said the project was instigated by NSW GP Dr Duncan Mackinnon. 

"He felt convinced that if patients were shown by their GP that their weight was an important part of their