Weight measurements should become commonplace at GP visits

The inaugural National Obesity Forum, attended by more than 260 GPs, developed a consensus statement that emphasises the importance of GPs regularly weighing patients as a key tactic to improve weight management. 

The statement also stressed the need for GPs to be promoted as an important resource and partner for Australians who want to lose weight.

A national consumer education campaign will begin on Monday, 6 October to encourage people to “talk to their GP” about clinically proven weight loss options.

Data from a survey of 250 GPs was presented at the forum that suggested only half of obese patients visiting their GP had their weight recorded. 

Chair of the organising committee for the forum, Professor John Dixon, said making weight measurement a routine part of consultation would make the issue less confronting for patients.

“Obesity is another barrier that needs to be broken down in general