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GPs should urge patients to focus on physical activity rather than obesity, say MPs

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1629 (Published 25 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1629
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Clinicians should promote physical activity regularly to their patients rather than focus on dealing with their obesity, MPs have said.

In a report from the parliamentary Health Committee,1 MPs said that far greater emphasis was needed on physical activity independent of issues such as obesity, as evidence showed that increasing physical activity levels could have a greater effect on reducing mortality than on reducing weight. They added that the next government should prioritise prevention, health promotion, and early intervention to tackle the health inequalities and avoidable harms that arise from poor diet and physical inactivity.

In a report …

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