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Treat obesity with the same effort used to reduce smoking, says lead psychologist

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 24 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5713
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

GPs delivering weight management programmes should have regular supervision sessions with psychologists to increase their awareness of how mental health can contribute to obesity, a report has recommended.

The report1 by the British Psychological Society (BPS) said many health professionals delivering weight management interventions “lack sufficient skills and training in the design, delivery, and evaluation of behavioural support.”

Better outcomes could be achieved if staff had a greater understanding of the link between mental health conditions, psychological factors, and obesity, it argued.

The report calls on the government to develop a national training and …

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