My plan for patients to fight obesity
From Dr Simon Fisher
Newcastle upon Tyne
Despite what patients might think, obese people are overweight as a result of eating too much and doing too little exercise.
The latest NICE draft guidelines on obesity management say primary care staff shouldn't suggest self-help or commercial programmes but must implement 'multicomponent interventions' (News Analysis, 23 March).
To save my colleagues much time and effort in setting up their own obesity interventions I would like to share my own finely-honed, patient-centred, multicomponent system with them:
· Component 1: eat less.
· Component 2: do more.
Please let's discourage the medicalised view of obesity and deal with it for what it is: a lifestyle choice over which the patient has 100 per cent control.