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Resources

Your practice

There are many things you can do to help motivate your patients to lose weight and make healthy lifestyle changes, which you can uphold in your practice. 

Address weight bias

Research indicates that patients with excess weight feel stigmatised in many areas of their lives, including healthcare settings.The language you use and your environment are two key components of successful weight management.

To promote successful interactions with your patients, you may consider using the checklist on page 14 of the Rethink Obesity education booklet to ensure that your consulting environment supports and is mindful of weight bias.2

Click on the image to download the handout to be used with your patients.

Access to societies and associations

The Obesity Society (TOS)

obesity.org

American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP)
asbp.org

American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
asmbs.org

World Obesity Federation
worldobesity.org

Canadian Obesity Network (CON)
obesitynetwork.ca

Endocrine Society (ES)
endocrine.org

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)
obesity.aace.com

European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO)
easo.org

Weight Management Dietetics Practice Group (WM DPG)
wmdpg.org

Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance
stopobesityalliance.org

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
eatright.org

Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)
obesityaction.org

Use treatment guidelines

Access obesity treatment guidelines and weight-management recommendations by exploring the links below. 

AACE obesity guidelines (2016)
obesity.aace.com/aace-obesity-guidelines

AHA/ACC/TOS guideline for the management of overweight and obesity in adults (2013)
circ.ahajournals.org/content/129/25_suppl_2/S102

Pharmacological Management of Obesity: An Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline (2015)
press.endocrine.org/doi/full/10.1210/jc.2014-3415 

Obesity Algorithm® (2015)
asbp.org/obesityalgorithm.html

EASO OMTF European Guidelines for Obesity Management in Adults (2015)
easo.org/easo-omtf-european-guidelines-for-obesity-management-in-adults

Canadian clinical practice guidelines on the management and prevention of obesity in adults and children (2006)
cmaj.ca/content/suppl/2007/09/04/176.8.S1.DC1/obesity-lau-onlineNEW.pdf

NICE Guidance [NG7]: maintaining a healthy weight and preventing excess weight gain among adults and children (2015)
nice.org.uk/guidance/ng7

Australian Government Department of Health Dietary Guidelines
eatforhealth.gov.au

AACE=American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists; ACC=American College of Cardiology; AHA=American Heart Association; NICE=National Institute for Health and Care Excellence; TOS=The Obesity Society. 

Materials to use with your patient

Use a BMI calculator3

The NHS has a useful body mass index (BMI) tool that patients can use to calculate their own BMI, as well as understand what BMI is and how it is calculated.3

Work with your patients to calculate their BMI to help them understand their current health state.3

Chart personal weight history

It may be helpful for patients to chart their own history of weight changes over time using the Personal weight history chart.

Work with your patients to graph lifestyle events to weight changes, and promote an efficient and productive patient-centred discussion to help guide treatment decisions.4

Click on the image to download the handout to be used with your patients.

Please note: you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to view this document.

©Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Counselling overweight adults: the lifestyle patterns approach and toolkit. 2009. Reprinted with permission. 

Set goals for weight management 

Use the Goal setting handout and the discussion topics below to create SMART Goals with your patients: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely.5 When you are finished with goals, consider establishing a follow-up plan for future appointments.

Click on the image to download the handout to be used with your patients. 

Please note: you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to view this document.

Plan approaches for healthy eating and physical activity 

Like goal setting, the pace of treatment that each patient follows, whether for weight loss or weight maintenance, should be dependent upon individual factors.6

Consider each patient's weight history and current situation to determine a treatment follow-up plan, and incorporate this tool into your obesity conversations.

Click on the image to download the treatment handout to be used with your patients. 

Please note: you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to view this document.

Stay motivated managing your weight with a tracking app 

After working with their doctor to put together a long-term weight management plan, patients may need some help staying on track.

One way to follow eating and activity levels more closely is by using an app. There are many apps that can help. We have assembled some of the most widely used and described each so patients can evaluate which app might be right for them.

My Fitness Pal
This app may make it easier to track eating habits and activity level.

Up
This app may let you connect a wearable device to help track everyday activity.

Noom Coach
This app may guide you to develop better eating habits and track your activities.