GPs Lack Training to Help Overweight Patients

A study conducted by the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) discovered that doctors are not given enough training to address patients with overweight issues. A total of 712 GPs from seven European countries participated in the survey which was conducted between February 21 and March 18, 2018. While some GPs admit they don’t proactively talk to their patients about their weight, other GPs summons training to properly deal with obesity.

Based on the study, the top three reasons that GPs don’t discuss weight with their patients are: there is not enough time, the perception that patients are not open to talk about their weight, and GPs believe that the patient is responsible for addressing weight concerns with their doctor. 83% of the doctors who joined the survey said they should have more training on the causes, consequences, and treatment of obesity.

According to WHO’s latest estimates, European Union countries show that overweight affects 30-70% and obesity affects 10-30% of adults. Obesity and overweight may impair an individual’s health if left untreated.

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