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Obesity

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society released Practice Guidance on Obesity to Pharmacists. This document is clear, detailed and most importantly concise (two sides of A4).

It defines the terms Overweight and Obesity and provides and insight to the extent of the problem in the UK as well as information on the causes, consequences and prevention of obesity.

Perhaps most clearly of all though it details what must be done at individual level to combat obesity with the following wording:

Quote: "Weight loss can be achieved only by reducing energy intake to a lower level than energy expenditure. The healthiest way yo manage this is through a diet relatively low in saturated fat, and increased physical activity. There are no miracle diets."

Action: Clearly the only way to loose weight is to:

  • eat less
  • exercise more

This is the message we should be communicating to all patients who are advised to loose weight for health reasons.

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