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Letters Covid-19 and obesity epidemic

The cause of obesity is multifactorial but GPs can do more

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 13 April 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n956
  1. Saud A Jukaku, GP1,
  2. Simon R P Williams, lecturer2
  1. 1West Green Surgery, London N15 3PB, UK
  2. 2University of South Wales University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen, UK
  1. saudj{at}

Though the causes and ways to treat obesity are many,1 the medical profession in general, and GPs in particular, can do more to tackle the problem. Adiposity now accounts for more deaths in England and Scotland than smoking among people in middle and old age.2

Studies have shown that only 52% of adult patients have had their body mass index (BMI) documented …

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