More than half of adults and up to a third of children in Australia are considered overweight or obese.1,2 In 2008 the Australian Government included obesity as a national health priority area in its own right; however, obesity has causative links to each of the other seven national health priority areas.3–5 In 2003, overweight and obesity were responsible for 7.5% of the total burden of disease and injury in Australia, and were estimated in 2008 to cost the community $58.2 billion annually in direct and indirect costs.6,7
Overweight and obesity was responsible for 7.5% of the total burden of disease and
injury in Australia in 2003, and was estimated in 2008 to cost the community $58.2
billion. More than half of the adult, and up to a third of the child, population in
Australia is now classified as overweight or obese.
This article aims to provide a rationale and some common practical solutions to help
GPs assist patients to reduce intake and ultimately achieve weight loss or weight
maintenance. In particular, it focuses on the reduction of portion size as a weight loss
Treating obesity remains a complex mix of changing someone’s habits and their
cognition around food and exercise while considering their current medical profile
and medications, and minimising risk of further disease. Despite this complexity,
controlling portion size is an effective, simple, reliable and sustainable tool that can be
used to bring about weight loss.
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