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Doctors 'not prepared to deal with obesity crisis'

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Doctors are finding it difficult to deal with the fast increase in the number of obese people across the globe, according to a new report.

A researcher at the University of Alberta said that, when it comes to obesity treatment and treating overweight patients, most physicians are ill-prepared.

Published in journal Canadian Family Physician, Tim Caulfield's article looks at the role physicians have in controlling, treating and managing the obesity crisis.

It also shows that there are a number of obstacles physicians come across when treating obese patients.

He argued that, while in North America, physicians are obliged to provide a good standard of care for their patients, this is often failing when it comes to obese patients.

This was often down to a lack of skill and knowledge in how to address obesity, according to Mr Caulfield.

He said: "Family physicians play a crucial role in identifying and managing obesity.

"As the rates of obesity become more prevalent, we need to recognize and become aware of the issues that can reduce liability and improve the care of these patients."

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Obesity news : 23/11/2007