The Take 5 Challenge is meant to inspire you to have a productive conversation about obesity in ways that will support patients and change practice. Take the challenge and pass it on.
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It’s time to break the cycle and discuss excess weight with your patients. Here are tips and starter questions that can help you initiate a conversation. It is important to assess if a patient is ready to take the next step in addressing his/her weight. To do so, one of the best things you can do is listen
1. Encourage the conversation during a patient visit for obesity-related symptoms.
You mentioned symptoms, such as fatigue and aching knees, which may be related to excess weight. Would you like to talk more about this?
2. Assess if the patient is ready to take the first step.
Would you consider making changes to improve your health with my support? There are many options and programs that can help you achieve your weight-related goals.
3. Set realistic expectations.
Carrying excess weight is not a personal failing. Modest weight loss can greatly improve your health, but the process can take time. Let’s talk more about what you can realistically expect. What are your weight loss goals?
4. Address feelings of failure regarding weight and inability to maintain weight loss.
Weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint. Losing weight and sustaining weight loss is challenging. What do you feel are your biggest challenges?
5. Incorporate cultural and lifestyle issues.
Let’s work together to find a strategy to help you lose weight and keep it off. How do food and activity play a role in your life and your traditions?
Obesity specialists are available for referral and can help you learn more about providing comprehensive obesity care to your patients.