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The Lancet: GP referral to weight loss programme is effective, acceptable and takes 30 seconds
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Date20 January 2017
Year 2016
Tackling obesity by offering the opportunity to attend a weight loss programme during a routine consultation is effective, welcomed by patients and takes 30 seconds of physicians’ time, according to a new randomised trial of over 1800 people published in The Lancet. 
The findings should provide reassurance to doctors who rarely talk to patients about their weight for fear of causing offence, lack of time or belief that such interventions are ineffective. The authors say the low cost intervention should be considered as the first point of call for GPs in treating obesity. 
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