Weight loss information for clinicians
Everyday almost two out of three of the adult patients you see are overweight or obese.About 25% of children are also overweight.
For most overweight and obese adults, achieving weight loss of 5% of initial body weight provides health benefits, including lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk, or delaying progression of type 2 diabetes. Further weight loss increases the benefits, particularly in people with obesity.For most overweight children the goal is to maintain weight.
Assisting people with weight loss in primary care can be difficult and time consuming.There are many resources available to assist.
- Clinical practice guidelines for the management of overweight and obesity in adults, adolescents and children in Australia
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners SNAP Guide also addresses overweight and obesity.
- Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guideline
Weight management approaches:Weight Management Council Australia provides helpful information about best practice for weight loss including programs, meal replacement and drug therapy.
Get Healthy is a free SA Health telephone coaching service to support individuals to make healthy behaviour change to reduce risk of, or better manage chronic disease and achieve or maintain a healthy weight.
- SA Health has information about healthy weight and weight loss on this website
- SA Health has a range of print resources that can be ordered using this form
- The Australian Department of Health has developed a Healthy Weight Guide website that includes an on-line support tool