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Pay GPs to tackle obesity, doctors urge UK government

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 14 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g232
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

GPs must be encouraged to talk more frankly to patients about their weight to help bring the United Kingdom’s spiralling obesity crisis under control, a report has concluded.

The National Obesity Forum, which is fronted by a GP, has also urged the government to launch harder hitting public health campaigns—similar to those used to encourage people to stop smoking—to tackle the crisis, which it warned could be more severe than previously thought.

The forum’s report, State of the Nation’s Waistline,1 said that previous projections from the influential 2007 Foresight report2 that half of the UK population may be …

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