Weight management for health
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Weight management for health

Tessa Parsons Lecturer and MRC Fellow, Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology, Institute of Child Health, London

Aims and intended learning outcomes

This article aims to describe the importance of body weight for health, the causes and consequences of obesity and potential strategies for weight management. After reading this article you should be able to:

Assess adults and children for overweight or obesity

Appreciate that obesity is a complex and chronic disease with multi-factorial causes

Educate patients about the health consequences of obesity

Describe health benefits that weight loss can bring to overweight people

Give advice on healthy eating and physical activity for weight management.

Primary Health Care. 12, 6, 39-48. doi: 10.7748/phc2002.