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GPs lack necessary tools and incentives to manage obesity, London conference hears

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1587 (Published 17 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1587
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

GPs could do much more to manage obesity among their patients if they had the appropriate tools, training, and incentives, a London seminar on obesity heard last week.

The seminar, “Tackling obesity—latest on commissioning services, engaging business and encouraging healthy choices,” was organised by the Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum.

Rachel Pryke, clinical champion for nutrition for health at the Royal College of General Practitioners, told the seminar that although there was some “fabulous” guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on managing obesity, “we don’t have the implementation tools to translate that across …

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