Although international guidelines recommend that primary care physicians screen for obesity and refer patients to behavioral weight-loss programs if needed, many physicians skirt the issue. They cite lack of time, fear of offending patients, or a belief that weight-loss programs are ineffective.
However, a randomized trial that included 137 primary care physicians and 1882 obese patients in England found just the opposite. Offering patients the opportunity to attend a weight-loss program took 30 seconds of physicians’ time, was welcomed by patients, and led to weight loss.
Slomski A. Physicians Can Motivate Patients to Shed Pounds. JAMA. 2016;316(24):2589. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.18408