The Challenges PCPs Face With Their Obese Patients, and Opportunies for Behavioral Professionals

Courtesy of the American psychological Association’s division 38, Health Psychology, an article published in the February, 2015 edition of the British Medical Journal, “Obesity in the US: What Is the Best Role for Primary Care?”  The article notes that, in general, obesity treatment delivered in primary care settings has limited effectiveness, and usually is better at helping with the prevention of weight gain, rather than the actual treatment of obesity. A Division 38 commentator, Stephanie Fitzpatrick, PhD, observed, “this primary care physicians are trying to figure out how to better manage obesity in their practices, this is an optimal time for health/behavioral psychologist to get involved in making impact… Primary care psychologists could certainly be the primary provider for managing health behavior related problems for patients but also could play a role in training primary care physicians and how to effectively address obesity in their limited time. “ (online posting)

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