Table 5

International guidelines on the management of adult obesity in primary care, the role of the family doctor (FD) (over two pages)

GuidelineCountryYearIntended for an FD audience?FD mentionedPrimary healthcare mentionedFD—measure the patientFD— nutrition/physical activity adviceFD— behavioural supportsFD—frequency of visits mentionedFD—advice on use of intensive treatmentsFD— referral to allied healthFD— referral to specialist obesity servicesDoes not mention specific role for FD
RACGP SNAP— Overweight and obesity, 2nd edition229 Australia2015XXXXXXXX
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence ‘Managing adults who are overweight or obese’230 UK2015XX
Recommendations for prevention of weight gain and use of behavioural and pharmacological interventions to manage overweight and obesity in adults in primary care Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care231 Canada2015XXX
Clinical practice guidelines for the management of overweight and obesity in adults, adolescents and children in Australia1 Australia2013XXXXXXXXX
Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement Health Care Guideline Prevention and Management of Obesity for Adults232 USA2013XXX
Guideline for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults
A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines and The Obesity Society233
USA2013Primary care practitioner (PCP)PCPXX
New Zealand Primary Care Handbook 2012—Weight Management234 New Zealand2012XXXXXXXXX
US Preventive Services Task Force Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults: Recommendation Statement235 USA2012XXXXXXXXX
Screening for and management of obesity in adults: US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement236 USA2012XXXXX
RACGP guidelines for preventive activities in general practice, 8th edition; 7.2 Overweight237 Australia2012XXXXXXXX
National guide to
a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 2nd edition,
British Columbia Ministry of Health Services primary care providers have an important role in preventing and managing obesity through services offered to patients239 Canada2011XXX
World Gastroenterological Organisation: Obesity Guideline240 International2011XXX
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network—Management of Obesity241 Scotland2010XXX
Dutch College of General Practitioners: Obesity Guideline242 Netherlands2010XXXXXXXX
WHO—Interventions on Diet and Physical Activity: What works243 WHO2009XXX
  • RACGP SNAP, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners "Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol, Physical Activity".