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Medically managing obesity: offering hope or a disincentive to change?

Ogden, JE and Arulgnanaseelan, J (2016) Medically managing obesity: offering hope or a disincentive to change? Patient Education and Counseling.

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Abstract

Objective: As weight loss in primary care remains minimal, Health Professionals are advised to medically manage obesity-related risk factors including blood pressure and cholesterol. This experimental study evaluated the impact of medically managing risk factors on obese patients’ motivation to change their behaviour. Methods: A vignette study with two arms: successful medical management (ie risk factors have improved) vs failed medical management (ie no change) set in three General Practices in the South of England. Overweight and obese patients (n=170) patients rated their behavioural intentions and beliefs after reading a vignette describing an overweight patient who had received either successful or failed medical management of their risk factors (blood pressure and cholesterol). Results: Following successful medical management overweight and obese patients reported increased intentions to lose weight and a greater understanding of their condition. Conclusion: Medical management may change patient’s understanding of their weight problem and motivate them to lose weight. Practice implications: Successful management relating to improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol may offer renewed hope and motivate obese patients to change their behaviour. This could be used as a teachable moment to encourage patients to see that obesity need not be an inevitable part of their lives.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Ogden, JEUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Arulgnanaseelan, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 20 August 2016
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.pec.2016.08.016
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016.This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 22 Aug 2016 09:04
Last Modified : 23 Nov 2016 09:10
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/811754

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