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Weight Management

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Why raise the issue of weight management?

  • Scotland is experiencing the obesity epidemic with 65% of adults being overweight or obese.
  • Someone who is overweight is twice as likely to die prematurely as a normal-weight person
  • Obesity is linked to a range of health issues including increased risk of
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Heart Disease and Stroke
    • Depression
  • Weight loss is the most important treatment for Type 2 Diabetes
    • Healthy weight can help keep blood glucose at a safe and healthy level without the need for other types of treatment.
  • Losing weight can help to control high blood pressure and cholesterol, which can reduce the risk of another Heart Attack or Stroke.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight can help improve symptoms of Heart Failure and can prevent other conditions.
  • Being overweight difficult for people with COPD to move around and make you feel more breathless.
  • Being underweight can also been seen with COPD. This can be due to a number of reasons such as:
    • difficulties in chewing and eating
    • breathlessness
    • dry mouth
    • loss of appetite 
    • changes in taste 
    • bloating 
    • reduced mobility to shop and prepare meals

Please click for further information about COPD, hypertension and Type 2 Diabetes

How to raise the issue of weight management

If BMI >25 ask patient what aspects of their lifestyle they think are contributing to their weight. Please use this information to inform your physical activity and healthy eating discussions.

If the patient’s BMI< 25 and they have made changes in the previous 12 months explore how the patient is getting on and whether they could benefit from support.

Referral to Services
For information about local services please access Health and Wellbeing Directory.

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