Overweight and obesity are now major problems within the developed and developing world. The associations between increasing body weight and important comorbidities, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and respiratory disorders, are well recognized but effective programmes for the identification and treatment of those at particular risk are lacking. The failure of such programmes is partly explained by poor knowledge and skills of health care professionals involved in the management of overweight and obese patients.
This concise handbook presents a practical approach to the management of overweight and obese patients. It details the association between excessive fatness and medical complications and describes practical methods for successful intervention. The handbook focuses on approaches applicable in both primary and secondary care, and emphasizes the importance of a lifestyle change that