Why it's so tough to help patients lose weight

POOR health literacy is being mistaken for a lack of motivation to lose weight, GP academics say. 

While it is frustrating GPs and practice nurses, there are simple steps to address it, says Professor Mark Harris, director of the Centre for Obesity Management and Prevention Research Excellence in Primary Health Care (COMPaRE-PHC). 

In a recent study covering 20 general practices in disadvantaged areas of NSW and South Australia, the COMPaRE-PHC research team found that while GPs and practice nurses would commonly assess diet, physical activity and BMI, there were areas for

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