The 30 -second chat that can trigger weight loss – BBC News

The 30-second chat that can trigger weight loss - BBC News

The 30 -second Chat That Can Trigger Weight Loss - BBC News

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Doctors who spend 30 seconds telling patients they need to lose weight can have a dramatic impact, a study presents.

Some people, who had no intent of shedding the pounds, lost 10% of their body weight after being offered a free weight-loss programme.

The University of Oxford researchers said the 30 -second chat would have a huge impact if every GP did it.

The findings, published in the Lancet, showed that patients were not offended by the advice.


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“More than any other person, your doctor can bring up the question of weight, it is not like telling your wife she’s overweight, ” said Paul Cooper who took part in the trial.

He was going for a normal appointment in Northampton, when his GP told him that weighing in at 98 kg( 15 st 6lb) was unhealthy.

“Looking down, I couldn’t assure my feet, ” the 69 -year-old said.

‘While you’re here….’

Paul was one of 2,728 severely overweight people who were involved in the trial.

All were considering their doctor for another health condition when the GP said something like: “While you’re here, I simply want to talk about your weight.”

Half were offered a free place on a weight-loss programme like Slimming World or Rosemary Conley.

Only four in 10 actually turned up, but nonetheless a quarter of patients initially offered a place lost 5% of their original weight and around one-tenth had lost 10% of their weight after a year.

Overall, their weight loss averaged 2.4 kg( 5.3 lb ).

The other half were told they could do with losing weight, but were given no more subsistence. They lost 1kg( 2.2 lb) after 12 months.

Prof Paul Aveyard, from the University of Oxford, told the BBC News website: “The impact is pretty substantial given the effort – 30 seconds – that went into it.

“If we were year-on-year to knock 2.4 kg off the heaviest people in society then that would have a very big impact in the area of health terms.”

Prof Aveyard, who is also a GP, said: “This should be added into the repertoire of things we all attend to in appointments like influenza jabs, blood pressure and stopping smoking.”

Paul Cooper says he “went on to a pretty strict diet” and now weighs in at 84 kg( 13 st 3lb ).

The 30 -second Chat That Can Trigger Weight Loss - BBC News
Image caption Paul Cooper feels healthier after his GP told him to lose weight

He told the BBC News website: “I can now consider my feet!

“It wasn’t until I lost the weight that I realised you didn’t have to feel like that[ in your late 60 s ], I can still do a 15 -mile walk in the Peak District or play cricket in the summer.”

His advice to people trying to lose weight is: “You don’t have to become a party pooper.

“Have a small piece of birthday cake, eat it very slowly and don’t have a second one.

“Before, I might have had half a dozen chocolates in front of the TV, genuinely take your time and tell yourself it’s a real treat and make it last.”

Dr Imran Rafi, from the Royal College of GPs, said: “Levels of obesity are a growing concern in the UK and can lead to a number of debilitating and serious conditions.

“If this scheme is low-cost and effective, which this research asserts it is, it constructs sense to consider it on a wider scale.

“We must realise that while some patients in this study did benefit from a referral to a weight-loss program, it won’t work for everyone and shouldn’t be considered as a blanket solution to curb growing high levels of obesity.”

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The 30 -second Chat That Can Trigger Weight Loss - BBC News
The 30 -second Chat That Can Trigger Weight Loss - BBC News
The 30 -second Chat That Can Trigger Weight Loss - BBC News
The 30 -second Chat That Can Trigger Weight Loss - BBC News
The 30 -second Chat That Can Trigger Weight Loss - BBC News

The 30 -second Chat That Can Trigger Weight Loss - BBC News

The 30 -second Chat That Can Trigger Weight Loss - BBC News

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