Speak to your general practitioner

If you have had enough of battling obesity on your own, now is the time to start a conversation with your doctor about the treatment options suitable for you.

88% of doctors surveyed across 11 countries agree that obesity is a chronic disease.3

The causes of obesity vary from person to person

That's why skilled medical treatment is needed.6

Your doctor is there to help

In an international survey, 95% of GPs believed they could help their patients to lose weight, so it is sensible to take advantage of their knowledge and willingness.3

Your GP can help you understand the complexities of obesity and provide information about which treatment options are best for you. They can show you how weight loss can improve your health and refer you to other professionals if needed.6

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Don’t struggle alone

People struggling with obesity are often reluctant to discuss it with a doctor.3

In a recent global survey, more than 8/10 people thought losing weight was solely their responsibility. In contrast, 8/10 doctors agreed that they are responsible for helping their patients to lose weight.3

Discussing weight management with your doctor could reduce the impact on your health. Consider all the benefits and don’t wait to start a conversation with your GP.

Start the conversation

Let your doctor know that you are ready to discuss your options.

Research has shown that some GPs are worried that they will embarrass patients if they bring up weight.30

It is important to work with your GP to select treatments that are right for you. This may also help you improve your lifestyle and manage the medical conditions related to your obesity. Together, you may also help prevent new problems from developing.3

In a recent global survey, 8/10 doctors agreed that they are responsible for helping their patients to lose weight.3

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Take the next step

Make an appointment with your GP to discuss the best options for managing your weight and improving your overall health and wellbeing

Book an appointment with your GP

It doesn’t matter whether you’re just starting out, or you’ve been on a weight loss journey or two already. Your GP is there to advise and treat you for all your medical concerns.

Don’t delay, make an appointment to discuss the best options for managing your weight and improving your overall health and wellbeing.

Discuss your options with your GP to find out what is best for you. If you think that bariatric surgery may be option for you, together you can discuss the option of a referral to learn more about weight loss surgery.

Some weight loss clinics hold introductory information sessions for patients who want to learn more about the option of surgery.

Starting a conversation with your doctor now takes you one step closer to success.

References

3. Caterson I, et al. Gaps to bridge: Misalignment between perception, reality and actions in obesity, Diabetes Obes Metab 2019; 21(8): 1914–24

6. Action to prevent obesity and reduce its impact across the life course – Evidence Review. 2018. Available at https://www.racp.edu.au/docs/default-source/advocacy-library/racp-obesity-position-statement.pdf. Accessed April 2021.

30. Obesity treatment: we've only just begun. Elise Brett, MD. 494 Obesity Treatment, Endocr Pract. 2018;24(No. 5)