The challenge of obesity management involves impacting on the environment, public health, personal responsibility and clinical approaches to prevention and treatment. Understanding is key to combining evidence-based practice, attitudinal awareness to ensure the patient's viewpoint is understood plus knowledge of local services, to ensure supportive care is available to all. Please find below a range of obesity resources.


Healthy diet advice


  • The Foresight report - The now famous report containing the ‘Foresight Map’ outlining the complexity of solutions required
  • Cochrane Library - A better link would be directly to the metabolic and endocrine page rather than their landing index page
  • Motivational interviewing - BMJ article on how Motivational Interviewing techniques improve effectiveness of giving lifestyle advice

Population measurements


RCGP Introductory Certificate in Obesity, Malnutrition and Health

The RCGP Introductory Certificate in Obesity Malnutrition and Health is a self-directed learning package suitable for individual learning or small group cascade training. It involves completion of the 6 e-learning modules plus attendance at hands-on practical sessions based on the accompanying interactive workbook and slide set. This can be run locally in small groups with or without specialist input. For further information about hosting local training courses email

clinicalquality@rcgp.org.uk or


or visit the Primary Care Obesity Training website.


 Patient information

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