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Track patients’ BMI and tackle harmful weight gain, says Canadian task force

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h516 (Published 28 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h516
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Primary care doctors should regularly check their patients’ body mass index (BMI) and should tackle weight gain to reduce the risk of obesity related disease, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care has recommended in guidelines released on 26 January.1

Paula Brauer, chair of the task force’s adult obesity working group that prepared the guidelines, said that primary care doctors must play a more prominent role in dealing with obesity. “On average, adults gain one pound a year. The creeping pounds add up quickly and can result in significant weight gain,” she said. “With excess weight comes the increased risk of several chronic conditions. This is why it is essential for doctors to regularly track patients’ weight, and …

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