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Weight loss targets may be ineffective

Researchers have challenged the conventional wisdom that advises GPs to help overweight patients achieve a 5-10% weight loss, claiming that it shows ‘poor evidence of effectiveness'.

Writing in the February issue of the British Journal of General Practice, Worcestershire GP Dr Rachel Pryke said GPs should focus on weight maintenance and weight constancy methods – with emphasis on regular, simple exercise with the aim of avoiding further weight increase.

Dr Pryke, said: ‘NICE currently advises a target of five to ten per cent weight-loss but does not clarify how to help those people who fail to achieve the five per cent reduction required to ensure they can continue their treatment.'

The research comes in the same week as the Government launched a £372m, three-year strategy to tackle obesity.

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