GP Business: GPs referring to diet clubs

Davis, Carol
March 2004
GP: General Practitioner;3/22/2004, p43
Referring obese patients to diet clubs can save money in the long run. According to government figures, 22 per cent of men and 23.5 per cent of women in Great Britain are classed as obese and well over half of all adults are overweight. The government is pouring significant resources into tackling the obesity 'time bomb'. Last year, the House of Commons health select committee began an inquiry into the issue. One of the suggestions to emerge from this is the role that commercial slimming organisations could play in helping the National Health Service (NHS) combat Great Britain's growing waistlines. Many observers say that slimming clubs could be a cheaper alternative for the NHS than obesity drugs or even surgery.


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