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Don’t dump GPs with the obesity epidemic

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