Health professionals do not need to be experts in the area of obesity and overweight. However, they should have the ability to assess and counsel their patients on the benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle. Health professionals have a unique opportunity to encourage healthy habits at a variety venues (i.e. health fairs, routine visits, businesses, schools etc).
Research has shown that a small 3-5 minute discussion during a routine visit can contribute to patient behavior change. Research has also shown that the majority of patients want to discuss their weight-loss goals and struggles.
Use this tool kit to help assess, prevent, treat, and manage overweight and obesity in children and adults that access your practice.