New Toolkit to Manage Obesity
It’s estimated that one third of California adults are obese. Health care providers recently released a standard obesity toolkit to help manage the disease.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Dr. Tom Hopkins treats obese patients at Sutter Hospital. He says doctors need a concise and consistent reminder of how to treat and prevent obesity in adults and children.
Hopkins: “It’s about giving the doctors a tool in which to carry on that conversation. Because it’s not just that the patients want us to talk about it, they want us to talk about it and give them some alternatives to tackle this.”
Hopkins says some of the recommendations include: limiting TV time for kids, reading nutritional labels, exercising for at least a half hour every day and reducing food portion size. The toolkit also gives tips for bariatric care – that’s for patients who are morbidly obese and get surgery to manage their weight. For those patients, doctors will encourage counseling, lifestyle changes and talking about past weight loss efforts.