Helping your patient lose weight – what the busy clinician should do


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Paul Aveyard1
1University of Oxford



We all know being overweight is a risk factor for developing cancer and, in cancer survivors, possibly predisposing to recurrence and certainly increasing the incidence of other non-communicable diseases. But faced with a patient in one of these categories, what advice should we give? What advice will be practically useful to your patient and what is practicable in the constraints of your clinical context? And won’t any benefit your patient achieves be wiped out by weight regain? Over the past decade, there has been increasing evidence from trials that interventions delivered by everyday clinicians in routine clinical practice can lead to important benefits for patients. This talk will attempt to answer these questions drawing on this evidence to do so.