Addressing Obesity in a Consultation

Obesity is one of the most pressing public health issues, but many healthcare professionals don’t feel they have the time or confidence to address weight loss with their patients. This resource shows how to broach the topic sensitively and effectively, even in a short consultation, and how to devise a patient-centred action plan to help them improve their dietary or exercise habits.

The resource uses realistic case examples and lots of interactivity to provide practice building skills in the following areas:

  • Module 1: Developing Attitudes and Addressing Barriers: strategies to counter common barriers to broaching the topic with patients.
  • Module 2: Basic Motivational Interviewing Skills: a brief overview of Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills applied to a weight-loss context.
  • Module 3: Structuring a Brief Intervention: how to structure a weight-loss consultation, step-by-step, from broaching the topic and offering brief advice, through to follow up and referral.

The full course takes two to three hours to complete to gain a personalised certificate, but does not need to be attempted all in one go. It was written by Dr Kathleen Leedham-Green, Lead for Years 1 and 2, King’s Undergraduate Medical Education in the Community (KUMEC), with Amandeep Cheema in King's College London's Virtual Campus and Technology Enhanced Learning Unit.

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