Patients are all sizes: One prescription does not fit them all.
The Weight Debate helps GP’s, health clinics, QCG groups support higher weight patients.
Our weight affects outcomes in every area of our health.
Data has implied that higher weight people have poorer outcomes if they catch Covid-19.
Going forward, there is even more pressure on individuals to lose weight.
But a GP’s ten- minute consultation (or video chat now…) can work against health care professionals taking the sensitive, nuanced approach needed in weight related issues.
Did you know?
- In a study of nurse’s attitudes 3% said they would prefer not to care for obese patients, 24% found them ‘repulsive’, and 12% would prefer to avoid touching them.
- HCP’s are more likely to consider time spent with obese patients as a waste of time; some suggest they would spend as much as 28% less time with these patients.
- BAME patients with self-acknowledged eating and weight concerns were less likely than Caucasians to be asked about a potential eating disorder by an HCP.
Experience of weight stigma and bias means patients may avoid or delay seeking health care if they feel weight will be discussed.
The irony? This can lead to poorer health outcomes which may have been avoided – irrespective of weight – if patients presented early enough.
It doesn’t have to be like that. And it musn’t be like that.
Delivered remotely to your workplace, or surgery, my presentation offer you effective solutions and evidence-based strategies you can use straight away – not one day.
- First, Do No Harm: Can We Talk about your Weight?
- The Weight of the Nation: Obesity, Covid-19 and Public Health
How do I help?
You will be able to develop a robust, practical action plan using best practices as we look at:-
- How to start conversations about size with higher weight patients?
- What language should we use, and what should we avoid?
- Do we understand the effect their cultural background has on our patients weight?
- How may our own attitudes to weight be impacting our clinical care?
- Do we have a weight sensitivity element in our surgery and clinic training?
Training changes outcomes!
- 63% of patients were more likely to attempt to lose weight.
- 67% of patients were more likely to attempt to change their diet.
- 58% of patients were more likely to attempt to change their exercise patterns.
Source: The Action Study: Barriers to Obesity Care