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GPs need resources to reduce obesity

The Chief Medical Officer has warned GPs one in three adults could be obese by 2020 if current trends continue and cases of type-2 diabetes could rise by more than 50 per cent, according to unpublished Government data.

Addressing the Obesity 2003 conference in London last week, Professor Sir Liam Donaldson also revealed Government plans to announce new policies on food and exercise next spring.

But Dr Ian Campbell, a Nottingham GP and chair of the National Obesity Forum, complained the Government was not doing enough ­ alongside its prevention strategy ­ to help GPs treat patients who are already obese.

He told the conference GPs could be more effective at tackling obesity but needed extra resources.

In his practice, 57 per cent of obese patients receiving treatment had a sustained decrease in weight over 12 months.

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