Cookie policy notice

By continuing to use this site you agree to our cookies policy below:
Since 26 May 2011, the law now states that cookies on websites can ony be used with your specific consent. Cookies allow us to ensure that you enjoy the best browsing experience.

This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

Don’t dump GPs with the obesity epidemic

‘We need to avoid taking responsibility for the problem while the Government pussyfoots around food companies’ says Dr Tim Binmore

Dr Matt Capehorn writes that ‘over time, having more weight-management programmes across the country will add to the existing evidence base and allow us to see what works best for patients’ (‘We must go beyond the “fat register” in the QOF’).

GPs are being asked to tackle the ‘obesity epidemic’ by doing more but, in all the articles that I see by enthusiasts, most of the argument is taken up by the problem, and little by what primary care can do effectively. There isn’t yet the evidence to support these interventions and so we need to avoid taking responsibility for the problem while the Government pussyfoots around food companies, fast food and school meals.

From Dr Tim Binmore, Newcastle

Readers' comments (5)

  • You're quite right about government when all the research says that legal and fiscal mechanisms need to be developed to control the food and drink industry (esp SSBs) However, I have never understood why doctors say they can't do anything? Demand more access to nutrition and dietetics earlier for your patients, not just exercise referral and a couple of weeks on MEND. If you treated obesity like a disease rather than a life choice, that would be a start.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • It makes me angry. What about the patient who is obese/overweight and is already doing everything they can? Some can't lose weight because of medication or pain, have you thought that the patient already knows they have a problem and don't need to be "nagged" every time they see their GP, especially when they're not well. I can foresee an increase of abuse/violence towards GP's from patients who are fed up of being reminded about what they already know. I do know that I myself would find this practice angering and more; would probably avoid going to see a GP if this was to happen at every consultation!!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • I think you are missing the point Anonymous; for the vast majority it is a lifestyle choice! And as for you Kate, if I ate too much my mum nagged me and it worked. Perhaps a little more nagging and less offering a shoulder to cry on, an excuse and a cake, would help make a difference

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • I think you are missing the point Anonymous; for the vast majority it is a lifestyle choice! And as for you Kate, if I ate too much my mum nagged me and it worked. Perhaps a little more nagging and less offering a shoulder to cry on, an excuse and a cake, would help make a difference

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Does a dietetic service work to help patients loose weight? If it does, I will join you in demanding more. Bur before we demand more dietetic service, lets make sure there is evidence for it's effectiveness.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say